2011 videos

Venus blazes in the evening sky, joined by the Moon early in the week. Then the Moon cruises near the two outer gas giants Uranus and Neptune, while the other 4 naked eye planets are easily visible throughout the week, making it an ideal time to spot all 8 planets in the solar system! Can be done with binoculars too - though Neptune may be a tough spot if light pollution conditions are bright locally.  Neptune and Uranus finder charts are no longer available, as planets have moved since this video was current.


Mercury reaches greatest elongation, Venus makes a sparkling spotlight to two binocular doubles, Jupiter remains near M74 and Saturn, Spica and the Moon make for a lovely triplet in the morning sky on the 19th and 20th.

Venus passes by the globular cluster M75, Jupiter moves close to the hard-to-spot galaxy M74 in Pisces, the Geminid meteor shower struggles against a waning gibbous Moon and the Kepler mission's recent discoveries are spotlighted so viewers can look in the same part of the sky, plus see a naked-eye star with an exoplanet.

The Moon passes by Jupiter, Mars meets more Messiers, and a lunar eclipse is visible in some parts of the world on December 10. Also, find out how a cat might alter the orbit of Mars and how I nearly took a trip with a pirate to see the lunar eclipse.

Venus is rising in the southwest, and both the Moon and Mars point to some Messiers that may get overlooked by beginning stargazers. Saturn makes a better morning appearance, and Jupiter is high in the south well before midnight.

Since Mercury has disappeared into the Sun's glare, a very young Moon appears briefly near the dazzling Venus. A very old Moon sidles up to Saturn before dawn, Mars makes a marker to some far off galaxies, and Jupiter continues to be King of the Night Sky for this week. What city or suburban astronomy will you do or see?

Catch Mercury and Venus in the early evening sky, Jupiter hangs out near an easy to spot double star, and Mars makes its way through Leo. Don't miss Saturn in the morning and the darker pre-midnight skies that last quarter Moon brings too.

Jupiter rules the evening sky, Venus and Mercury barely peek above the western horizon in the evening, Saturn makes a better morning appearance and Mars cruises through Leo. Be sure to check out how you can find the fascinating variable star Mira in Cetus as well.