January 2021

Planet watching is likely to be frustrating this month. And last month’s super close conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn is hard to beat. But maybe we can come close. The two planets remain close together next to Capricornus at the beginning of January. As Jupiter leaves Saturn behind, both are heading into the sunset. Mercury […]

December 2020

The month starts with the moon just past full. While it’s rising, above it is Mars and nearly opposite the moon in the sky are Jupiter and Saturn. Jupiter and Saturn own our evening sky show this month. Saturn is east of Jupiter at the start of the month. Both are moving east, but Jupiter […]

November 2020

As the sun sets at the start of November, Boötes and the orange star Arcturus are setting along with Ophiuchus and Serpens. Jupiter and Saturn are in the south as they draw closer together for their great conjunction in December. Mars is rising alongside Pisces. Orion and Gemini are late evening risers. Venus and Mercury […]

October 2020

Planet watching is exciting this month as Jupiter and Saturn draw closer to each other for December’s great conjunction. Start watching them evenings just east of Sagittarius. Each planet is moving toward Capricornus. Jupiter is moving eastward faster than Saturn and will catch up to it a few days before the end of the year […]

September 2020

Mercury is a horizon hugger this month. Try to see it in the west just after sunset. It won’t be easy. You’ll probably need binoculars or a telescope to see it against the sunset’s light. The planet doesn’t make much of a journey into the night sky this orbit, so you’ll have to settle for […]

August 2020

As this month begins, if you can see Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE), it will be in the west after sunset. You’ll need binoculars or a telescope. Say goodbye to this visitor which will not be back our way for approximately another 7,000 years. Never forget the wonder it brought to this summer’s already exciting night […]

July 2020

A comet from a far out orbit is visiting our part of the solar system this month. Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is a northern hemisphere object and may be seen with the naked eye in the northwest after sunset and in the northeast before sunrise. It sets in late evening and rises in early morning. […]

June 2020

Planet watching June starts with good views of Mercury, especially in the northern hemisphere. It’s at greatest elongation on the 4th. The planet is moving through Gemini. As is always the case with the messenger planet, you have to catch it quickly. By the middle of the month, it’ll be lost in the sunset. Leo […]

May 2020

Orion is setting as evening begins. Gemini is above it and sets not long after. Leo is on the meridian as darkness sets in. Hercules and Boötes are rising. By midnight, the great celestial birds Cygnus and Aquila are rising. Look for Pegasus and Capricornus rising just before the sun’s morning light takes the stars […]

April 2020

April begins with Venus just below the Pleiades in the evening sky. A first quarter moon is just above Wasat in Gemini near the meridian at sunset. Leo is rising with Boötes rising below it. Wait until after midnight and you’ll see Lyra and Cygnus rising. One of the best planetary get-togethers in a long […]