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Today's Night Sky Total Lunar Eclipse on July 27 - 28, 2018 The Big Dipper Venus 2018


Our Moon for February 17th through February 20th, thirty minutes after sunset.
Next Full "Worm" Moon will be on March 1st, which means, February will not have a full Moon.

The software for this image is free and can be found at http://www.stellarium.org/.
It's also great to use if you want to know what the Moon looks like three days or three years from now.
It's very easy to use! (My fireflies are rugged in all weather conditions!)

Venus in the Evening Sky for 2018 from February through November - part 1

Venus reached superior conjunction on January 8th. That means Venus was closest to the Sun on the 8th (as seen from Earth), and after that date, Venus is returning to the evening sky for most of 2018. Each frame for each day is set for 30 minutes after sunset. Venus is magnified at each point in its orbit where the illumination of the disk is at some multiple of 10. For example, on April 23rd, Venus will be at 90% illumination (as seen from Earth). On June 1st, Venus will be at 80% and on June 30th, 70% and so on.

Mercury can be seen three times in the evening twilight this year, above the horizon, between February through November in this animation. For example, Mercury II can be seen from the middle of June till near the end of July. Mercury III shows Mercury showing up on the second week of October through most of November.

Jupiter shows up in the animation on August 19th, while Saturn appears on November 19th. I arbitrarily ended the animation on November 30th.

The Moon whisks by quite rapidly, since the animation is set for one frame per day at a rate of 24 frames per second. I have a third animation set for one frame per second, so you can see the moon phases more easily as well as how the Moon is positioned with the evening planets.

Venus in the Evening Sky for 2018 from February through November - part 2 (unmagnified)

Venus in the Evening Sky for 2018 from February through November - part 3 (slow)


Total Eclipse of the Moon July 27 - 28, 2018 as seen from the Eastern Hemisphere
(which, however, will not be seen from the states)





The Big Dipper on June 5th as seen from Australia and USA. What a big difference!

June 5th, 2017

June 5th, 2017

A friend of mine in Australia, and I, took a picture of the Big Dipper on the same night (June 2017). Near summer twilight was interfering with me which is why my photo was brighter and blue, while late fall allowed my friend to take his photo soon after sunset. Because of the curvature of the Earth, springtime (or late fall for my friend in this case) is the only time the Big Dipper can be seen in Australia. Of course, in the northern hemisphere, the dipper can be seen all night long, all year long, because it is circumpolar. And, of course, the north star (Polaris) cannot be seen in Australia.





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Updated on February 16, 2018