September 2019

Venus might make you wonder how it earned its reputation as such a great evening “star” this month. Indeed, it can be high in the evening sky for months at at time. This month, it’s barely above the horizon. A few clouds, hills, or buildings will block your view. That said, the best views from […]

August 2019

Mars, heading toward conjunction with the sun in early September, begins and ends August with conjunctions with the moon. Don’t count on seeing both. The second happens on the same day as a new moon. The red planet will simply be too close to the sun to see. Similar story for a close call with […]

July 2019

Mercury and Mars are paired in the dusky glow at the start of July. The moon passes by on the 3rd. You don’t get many more evenings to see Mercury though. It quickly drops below Mars and sets too soon after sunset to be seen. Mercury is at inferior conjunction on the 20th. You don’t […]

June 2019

Mercury is nicely situated for evening viewing for northern hemisphere sky watchers as June starts. It’s quickly moving from next to Auriga into Gemini. A thin, crescent moon passes by on the 4th. The moon is passing Mars in the middle of Gemini the next evening. Mars seems to be moving away from Mercury, going […]

May 2019

Mars marches from Aries to Gemini in the evening sky this month. For northern hemisphere observers, the red planet is trying to maintain its position against later sunsets. On the 1st, Mars is high above the Hyades V. On the 6th, it crosses an imaginary line between Elnath and Tianguan. The moon passes by the […]

April 2019

As we start April 2019, Uranus and Mars are both evening objects. The former will probably require a pair of binoculars or a telescope for you to see. It will also require a sufficiently dark sky. But it’s there between Pisces and Cetus in the west not long after the sun goes down. Mars is […]

March 2019

Mercury begins our nightly parade of planets near the easternmost fish head of Pisces at the start of March. The messenger planet sinks into the sunset fast though. On the 7th, northern hemisphere observers will find it barely above the horizon with a slim crescent moon to the left. The planet is at inferior conjunction […]

February 2019

Mars is between the fish of Pisces when February starts. During the next few evenings, it will move from the western fish to the eastern fish. Uranus is waiting in the space between the easternmost fish and Aries for a close call with Mars on the 13th. The two planets will be 1° apart. A […]

January 2019

Our new year starts with Mars on the meridian at sunset while Orion is rising. Venus is a morning object in Libra. Jupiter rises a little later below it. Mercury rises later still closer to sunrise. Saturn is too close to the sun to see. Mars starts 2019 below the head of the southwest fish […]

December 2018

Saturn remains near the Sagittarius teapot after sunset when December starts. The ringed planet will set not long after the sun. Mars is close to the meridian, in Aquarius, ready to set around midnight. A waning crescent moon rises a while after midnight. Venus is in Virgo closer to dawn. Mercury is a hard catch […]