July 22, 2022: In the morning planet parade, the crescent moon is between Mars and the Pleiades star cluster. Through a binocular the moon is near Uranus. After sundown, Ophiuchus is in the south.
June 12, 2022: Mercury is beginning to enter the morning sky to make a planet parade of the five brightest planets. After sundown, the moon is near the Scorpion’s forehead.
June 6, 2022: The nine classic planets are in the sky simultaneously during late June. Ambitious sky watchers should begin looking soon for Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto before Mercury joins the morning parade.
April 16-19, 2022: Mercury passes Uranus in the evening sky. Use a binocular to find the pair in the west-northwest after sunset.
July 31, 2021: The slightly gibbous moon, nearing its Last Quarter phase, is in the southeast as morning twilight begins. It is near the planet Uranus, easily within reach of a binocular. Mira, a variable star, reaches its brightest next month.
June 16, 2021: A summer project is to build a sidewalk solar system model. The scale uses the sun’s size as the size of a basketball. Earth’s distance is 88 feet.
January 20, 2021: Mercury is low in the west-southwest after sunset. The bright moon is to the lower right of Mars, while the Red Planet passes planet Uranus.
January 19, 2021: Mercury is low in the west-southwest after sunset. The moon is approaching Mars before their grouping tomorrow evening. Mars nears the planet Uranus before tomorrow’s conjunction.
January 18, 2021: Without a bright morning planet, bright Arcturus and the constellation Bootes the Herdsman is high in the south. The crescent moon is in the early evening sky. Mars is near the planet Uranus. They are high in the south-southeast as night falls.
January 17, 2021: Venus slowly slides into bright sunlight. Step outside to see starry mornings. In the evening sky, Mercury is low in the sky after sunset. The moon is near a fish. Mars approaches the planet Uranus.