Heads UP! for February 2021

Want to see planets? It’s getting harder. In February, we’ll have to peek around the Sun a lot. But Mars and Uranus are still in the evening sky. Jupiter edges out into the morning sky. Saturn follows Jupiter, but it’s going to harder to find. Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury cluster low in the east-southeast before … Continue reading Heads UP! for February 2021

SOHO: Watching the Space In the Glare of the Sun -updated

Jupiter and Saturn in SOHO's C3 camera. SOHO C3 camera photo 2:46am EST on Tuesday, January 19th. Jupiter and Saturn are the two brightest dots to the left of the Sun. The location of the Sun is marked by the white circle. The Sun is blocked by the camera - you can see where the … Continue reading SOHO: Watching the Space In the Glare of the Sun -updated

Three of a kind

Low in the west-southwestern sky tonight were the three planets: Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn. I used the top of the bleachers at the Ardsley High School field as a perch to spy the evening planets. When I took this photo with my zoom lens, Jupiter was 3 1/2 degrees above a level horizon, Mercury and … Continue reading Three of a kind

Seeking a Star, Seeking a Child

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6th, which commemorates the "Wise Men" finding the Jesus and his family in the little town of Bethlehem. When I heard the story this year, the phrase ". . . the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over … Continue reading Seeking a Star, Seeking a Child

Heads UP! for January 2021

Happy arbitrarily-placed beginning of the New Year, 2021! In 2021, we’ll find out how spoiled we were by the easy-to-find bright planets in 2020. At least we had that! Summary for January:  The cavalcade of bright planets comes to a close as we start calendar year 2021. Jupiter spurns Saturn as the solar glare overtakes … Continue reading Heads UP! for January 2021

2021 Annual Review of Annual Reviews

Updated January 22, 2021: The 2021 edition of Astronomical Phenomena may be found here, by filling out a form at Her Majesty's Nautical Almanac Office :https://astro.ukho.gov.uk/nao/AP_Download.html Updated 12 31 2020, since the Dunlop and Tirton book just arrived. What do you want in an almanac? Just happy with the approximations, long range forecast guesses and … Continue reading 2021 Annual Review of Annual Reviews

People, Look Southeast!

The Moon is way up over Venus in the dawn sky this morning (Friday, December 11th). 6:30am EST from front yard in Southern Westchester County, New York. Canon XS on tripod zoom lens at 55mm; 1 second exposure at f/5.6, ISO 400. No processing. iPhone SE photo with NightCap app about 15 minutes before the … Continue reading People, Look Southeast!