January starts and ends with full “supermoons”—one on New Year’s Day and one on the 31st.
On New Year’s Day we get the closest full moon of the year. Perfect fullness comes at 8:24 p.m.—just four hours after moonrise and less than five hours after the moon reaches perigee,
December wastes no time in giving us its best gift: a “supermoon.”
It shines the night of the 2nd to 3rd, with the moment of fullness at 9:47 a.m. on the 3rd. Just 17 hours later—at 2:46 a.m. on the 4th—the moon reaches perigee, its closest approach to Earth in a lunar
In November, the Milky Way arches high across the mid-evening sky from east to west. At its eastern end, winter constellations Orion, the hunter; the Gemini twins; Taurus, the bull; and Auriga, the charioteer, enter the sky. At its western end, the Summer Triangle of bright stars
October is known for its clear, crisp weather, so let’s hope the pattern holds.
Mars joined Venus in the morning sky about a month ago. Mars is climbing as Earth starts to catch up to it in the orbital race, while Venus is slowly dropping as it gets ready to sail behind the sun.
September opens with Venus hosting winter constellations in the eastern predawn sky. West of the planet, the bright star Procyon, in Canis Minor, the little dog, rises at almost the same time as Venus. About 40 minutes later, Sirius, the brightest of stars, rises even farther west in Canis Major,
In August, Jupiter heads into the sunset. Every evening it sinks lower, along with its longtime companion Spica, the brightest star in Virgo. Saturn comes out in the south, between the Teapot of Sagittarius to the east and Scorpius to the west.