The next eclipse of the Sun will be total on March 20, 2015 near Iceland with Europe and Russia seeing a partial during the morning hours.
The next lunar eclipse, as seen from the states, will be on April 4th, 2015.

The next eclipse for the US will be on March 9, 2016 for only Alaska and Hawaii which will be a partial for them.

Venus in the evening sky 45 minutes after sunset
from December 2014 through August 2015

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(Use the green buttons to stop and resume play of the animation.)

I have always been a fan of Guy Ottewell's Astronomical Calendar over the decades, and the above graphic should look familiar if you had ever read any of his yearly books. I always enjoyed the page where he showed Venus in the evening or morning sky (and I haven't seen his 2015 edition yet, but I am looking forward to seeing it)!

Each frame represents one day of time which comes to a total of 238 days from December 10, 2014 through August 3, 2015. The focus of the animation is on Venus, since it is the brightest planet as seen from Earth. Last year, Venus traveled low along the horizon from the northwest to the southwest. This year, our "sister planet" is moving in the opposite direction and making a steady climb high into the sky with it peaking early next summer. From now through August 3rd, Venus will come closer and closer to the Earth with it reaching inferior conjunction on August 15, 2015 very near the Sun. But before reaching that point, Venus will reach greatest elongation east on June 6th. Around May 10th, Venus will be the furthest from the horizon.Venus will be in conjunction with Mercury on January 11th, then Mars on February 22nd, and finally with Jupiter on July 1st. Many of the dates were obtained at

I have inserted a small view of what you would see if you were to watch Venus through a telescope over the coming months near the green buttons. Venus starts off small and round in December. As the days progress, Venus will become larger and closer to the Earth as it goes through its various phases of illumination much like the Moon. By the time it reaches August 2015, Venus will appear as a thin crescent phase just before heading below the horizon.

Our Moon, for December 18th, one hour before sunrise approaching Saturn.

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The software for this image is free and can be found at 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!)
A very nice manual simplified down to 18 pages with lots of pictures in how to use Stellarium!

What time is sunrise or sunset for you? Check this website out (time and

Total Eclipse of the Sun on March 20, 2015

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Where to see the 2015 solar eclipse

Total Eclipse of the Moon on April 4, 2015
Notice that totality only lasts for 4 minutes and 43 seconds!

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Photographed on Monday evening, September 22nd, with a Canon camera with an exposure of 30 seconds at ISO of 1600. It was very clear and dry that evening. Hints of color can be seen in the Milky Way.

Total Eclipse of the Sun - August 21, 2017 - USA
This magnificent eclipse is less than three years from now... are you ready?

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For all mobile device

New eclipse website showing the state of Kentucky on August 21, 2017!!!


Past Animations

Click on the lunar eclipse graphic above for past animations of eclipses, meteor showers and more.

October 8, 2014 eclipse of the Moon
October 23, 2014 partial eclipse of the Sun

Click the graphic to see photos!

Past Photographs

November 7, 2004

January 30, 2001

April 1, 1997

May 15, 2005

November 20, 2003

September 22, 2013


Past Graphics


July 2000

March 2002

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Updated on December 17, 2014