The next eclipse of the Sun will be total on March 20, 2015 near Iceland with Europe and Russia seeing a partial during the morning hours.
The next lunar eclipse, as seen from the states, will be on April 4th, 2015.
The next eclipse for the US will be on March 9, 2016 for only Alaska and Hawaii which will be a partial for them.
Venus in the evening sky 45 minutes after sunset
from December 2014 through August 2015
(Use the green buttons to stop and resume play of the animation.)
I have always been a fan of Guy Ottewell's Astronomical Calendar over the decades, and the above graphic should look familiar if you had ever read any of his yearly books. I always enjoyed the page where he showed Venus in the evening or morning sky (and I haven't seen his 2015 edition yet, but I am looking forward to seeing it)!
Each frame represents one day of time which comes to a total of 238 days from December 10, 2014 through August 3, 2015. The focus of the animation is on Venus, since it is the brightest planet as seen from Earth. Last year, Venus traveled low along the horizon from the northwest to the southeast. This year, our "sister planet" is moving in the opposite direction and making a steady climb high into the sky with it peaking early next summer. From now through August 3rd, Venus will come closer and closer to the Earth with it reaching inferior conjunction on August 15, 2015 very near the Sun. But before reaching that point, Venus will reach greatest elongation east on June 6th. Around May 10th, Venus will be the furthest from the horizon.Venus will be in conjunction with Mercury on January 11th, then Mars on February 22nd, and finally with Jupiter on July 1st. Many of the dates were obtained at In-The-Sky.org.
I have inserted a small view of what you would see if you were to watch Venus through a telescope over the coming months near the green buttons. Venus starts off small and round in December. As the days progress, Venus will become larger and closer to the Earth as it goes through its various phases of illumination much like the Moon. By the time it reaches August 2015, Venus will appear as a thin crescent phase just before heading below the horizon.
Our Moon, for November 28th, three hours after sunset.
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!)
A very nice manual simplified down to 18 pages with lots of pictures in how to use Stellarium!