August 1 – 6, 2021: The morning moon wanes toward its New moon phase in the eastern sky. It passes the bright stars that are prominent in the evening sky during the winter season in the northern hemisphere. The stars have been making their first appearances in the morning sky during summer. At this hour, Procyon and bright Sirius are the last stellar duo to appear.
July 19, 2021: Betelgeuse is making its first morning appearance or heliacal rising.
April 8, 2021: In the evening sky, Mars approaches the Bull’s horns in the western sky after sunset. The planet is now higher than Betelgeuse, Orion’s second brightest star.
April 6, 2021: Find Mars in the west after sunset. It is approaching the Bull’s horns. Mars, not as bright as it was a few months ago, is in a sea of the bright winter stars.
Winter’s brightest – Sirius, Procyon, Betelgeuse, Rigel, Capella, Aldebaran, Castor, and Pollux – are shifting farther west.
March 6, 2021: Mars continues its eastward march in Taurus. It is still near the Pleaides star cluster.
Look for the bright rosy star Betelgeuse during February evenings. It makes up the shoulder of Orion the Hunter.
Just one day after opposition, Jupiter climbs higher into a clear eastern sky in this 30-second image as seen from the Chicago area. Jupiter is in front of the stars of Taurus the bull, marked by its bright star Aldebaran…. Read More ›