dawn astronomy

Observing Challenge: The Moon Brushes Past Venus and Covers Mercury This Week

by David Dickinson June 23, 2014

The summer astronomical action heats up this week, as the waning crescent Moon joins the inner planets at dawn. This week’s action comes hot on the tails of the northward solstice which occurred this past weekend, which fell on June 21st in 2014, marking the start of astronomical summer in the northern hemisphere and winter […]

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The September Equinox: ‘Tis the Season to Spy the Zodiacal Light

by David Dickinson September 16, 2013

This week leading up to the September equinox offers you a fine chance to catch an elusive phenomenon in the pre-dawn sky. We’re talking about the zodiacal light, the ghostly pyramid-shaped luminescence that heralds the approach of dawn. Zodiacal light can also be seen in the post-dusk sky, extending from the western horizon along the […]

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