Want to witness the Moon-Venus Conjunction? Or see the Moon and Mars together? Keep reading to learn how to observe these spectacular objects!
On June 10, the Moon reached its new phase, delivering the spectacular annular solar eclipse. The next day, on June 11, the slender young Moon will grace the sky after sunset. During the next several evenings, enjoy the dance of our natural satellite and two bright planets, Venus and Mars. Keep reading for more!
For those of you who wonder “what is a conjunction in astronomy?”, we’ve already given a detailed explanation of this phenomenon in our…
On June 10, observers from certain parts of the world will have a chance to witness an annular solar eclipse. Read on to learn if the eclipse is visible from your location and get tips on how to observe it.
You can also watch our video explaining the solar eclipse phenomenon.
Why does a solar eclipse occur?
A solar eclipse happens when the Moon comes between the Earth and the Sun and fully or partially blocks the sunlight from reaching the Earth. This spectacular astronomical event can occur only during the New Moon phase.
If the Moon’s orbit were in…
On June 1, 2021, the Moon and Jupiter will pass very close to each other in the sky. We’ll explain how and when to observe their conjunction. Keep reading!
A detailed response on what a conjunction is in astronomy you can get from our previous article. Shortly speaking, during their conjunction, the Moon and Jupiter pass very close to each other, as seen from the Earth.
The Moon and Jupiter conjunction isn’t a rare event — you can observe it pretty much every month. Here is a schedule of their conjunctions for the upcoming astronomical season:
On May 29, Mercury will pass very close to Venus in the sky. This will be the closest visible conjunction of the two planets for the upcoming 12 years! Read on to find out how to see it.
What is a conjunction?
In astronomy, a conjunction occurs when two or more celestial objects share the same right ascension as observed from the Earth. To put it simply, during a conjunction, objects on the sky’s dome come close together. …
The Full Moon in May is traditionally known as the Full Flower Moon. But 2021 will be an exception; this year, a Super Blood Moon takes place — a culmination in a series of supermoons! Where does this name come from? When and where to observe the Blood Moon? Let’s get to the details of this spectacular event!
You can also watch our video about lunar eclipses.
You may wonder: “Why is the Moon red tonight?” The Blood (Red) Moon is caused by a total lunar eclipse. During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth comes between the Moon and the…
Why do planets sometimes seem to move “backward”? Is such motion even real? Should you fear Mercury retrograde? You’ll find answers to these questions in our article.
What does retrograde mean?
When a planet seems to reverse its direction in the sky, it’s called retrograde motion (from the Latin word retrogradus — “going backward”).
Day to day and week to week, as the Earth revolves around the Sun, the planets in the sky typically move in the same direction as the Sun — from west to east. Astronomers call it direct or prograde motion. …
The Moon remains a pretty sight during the evening all week, while Mercury continues the dance with brighter Venus. Moreover, early risers can enjoy the bright gas giant planets. Read on for astronomy highlights from May 18 to 23, 2021!
The Moon will be perfectly positioned for viewing all over the world. You can look for it in the daytime sky, or wait until the sunset and enjoy the Moon after dinner!
From Tuesday to Thursday this week, our natural satellite will cross through the stars of Leo. The Moon will officially complete the first quarter of its orbit around…
And catch elusive Mercury at its best evening apparition of 2021!
Astronomy enthusiasts will have a chance to enjoy two spectacular events these next few evenings. First, on its journey across the sky, the Moon will meet Mars, shining brightly in the vicinity of Gemini’s stars. Second, the elusive Mercury will reach its greatest eastern elongation, which is the most favorable moment for observing the little planet. Read on to get some tips on how to witness these events.
On May 16, 2021, at 12:47 a.m. EDT (04:47 GMT), the conjunction of the 5-days-old Moon and the reddish planet Mars…
These next several evenings, look at the sky at dusk to enjoy the dance of the young waxing crescent Moon and two bright evening planets, Venus and Mercury. In today’s article, we’ll talk about how and when to observe these beautiful sky objects.
The conjunction of the Moon and Venus will take place on May 12, 2021, at 6:03 p.m. EDT (22:03 GMT). At this moment, the celestial bodies will share the same right ascension, with our natural satellite passing 0°42′ to the south of the planet. The Moon and Venus will shine at magnitudes of -7.7 and -3.9, …