Our Moon on July 24th - July 26th, six 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!)


2016 Perseid Meteor Shower August 11 - 12 -- 100 per hour

This year's Perseid meteor shower will peak on the night of August 11th into the 12th which is Friday morning. Peak activity is predicted to be approximately 100 meteors per hour. The Moon, however, will be somewhat of a spoiler this year, until midnight, when it sets. Most meteor showers are best to be seen in the morning anyway, since the Earth's orbit carries our planet into the stream of particles much like walking into a river.

The Perseid meteor shower lasts roughly a month, because the debris field is so wide. This is one of the best meteor showers of the year, so find some dark skies and enjoy!


Venus in the evening sky forty-five minutes after sunset from mid-July 2016 through mid-April 2017 (275 days)

Venus will reach superior conjunction on June 6th, or another way of saying it, Venus will be on the opposite side of the Sun away from us. Anyway, I have this animation setup from July 15th of this year through April 15th, 2017. The most interesting date is on August 27th when Jupiter and Venus will be a little less than 8 arc-minutes apart.

I have inserted a small view of what you would see if you were to watch Venus through a telescope over the coming months. Venus starts off small and round in July. As the days progress, Venus becomes larger and closer to the Earth, and it goes through various phases of illumination much like the Moon. By the time it reaches March 2017, Venus will have a thin crescent phase. Venus will reach inferior conjunction on March 25th 2017.

I have another animation like the one you are seeing now, but with the Moon added in at a slower frame rate (and no music).

The music is from Mark Knopfler from the movie soundtrack Local Hero (Whistle Theme) - highly recommended!



Opposition of Mars and Saturn in the Constellations of Libra and Scorpius
Opposition of Mars occurs on May 22

(with closest approach to Earth occuring on May 30th at a distance of 47 million miles)


Annular Eclipse of the Sun Over Africa On September 1, 2016




Total Eclipse of the Sun - August 21, 2017 - USA
This magnificent eclipse is now one and a half years away! Are you ready?
Visit my eclipse page with new states being added constantly!


Greatest duration or maximum darkness for this eclipse will occur in Illinois and not Kentucky! USNO says 2 minutes and 44 seconds, and NASA says 2 minutes and 40 seconds. I guess we will have to wait until 2017 to find out who was right!

Total Eclipse of the Sun as seen from the great state of Kentucky next year!


Total Eclipse of the Moon on January 31, 2018 as Seen from the United States





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Updated on July 24, 2016