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Our Moon, for January 25th, 4 hours after sunset.

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The software for this image is free and can be found at http://www.stellarium.org/. 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 date.com).


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 4, 2015.


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

Comet Lovejoy (C2014 Q2) / Fading but still just barely naked-eye (1/24)
The comet will be roughly due south one hour after sunset to the upper-right of the Pleiades at 4.5 magnitude and close to the Zenith! Twilight will soon be interfering with your view of the comet along with the Moon. Comet Lovejoy will be closest to Earth on January 7th at a distance of approximately 43.6 million miles. The comet will reach perihelion (closest to the Sun) on January 30th at a distance of approximately 120 millions miles.


Image created in Starry Night Pro 7


This is what I saw this on January 16th of Comet Lovejoy about an hour after sunset. You will not see the tail unless you use binoculars, but the comet can be seen. It is beginning to fade!

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 In-The-Sky.org.

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.


 

Total Eclipse of the Sun on March 20, 2015

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There will be a total eclipse of the Sun on March 20, 2015. The eclipse path travels up through the North Atlantic Ocean away from North America.  The only two land masses to where you can stand on solid ground to watch totality are Faeroe Island and Svalbard which is a group of islands in the Arctic Ocean. Europe and Asia will only see a partial solar eclipse. I know of some eclipse chasers who have chartered a jet to watch the event above the clouds. I can only imagine the weather will be cloudy for these two islands at this time of year.

The maximum total phase will last 2 minutes and 47 seconds. This will occur at 09:45:24 Universal Time. The maximum width of the path of totality is 463 kilometers. The eclipse will take place in the constellation of Pisces.

The partial eclipse will reach maximum in London at 9:31, Paris 9:29, Madrid 9:09, Dublin 9:28, Reykjavik 9:37, Rome 9:31, Munich 9:39, Bucharest 9:56, Ankara 10:02, Kiev 10:08, Warsaw 9:57, Copenhagen 9:50, Helsinki 10:08, Oslo 9:53, and Moscow at 10:20. Nuuk Greenland has maximum before sunrise with sunrise at 9:34; thus, the Sun will already be in a partial eclipse phase while rising above the frozen horizon. All time are in Universal Time, so adjust accordingly.

Svalbard eclipse prompts warnings
Where to see the 2015 solar eclipse

Global Village: Faroe Islands expects the last solar eclipse in Europe for decades


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

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Venus and Mercury in close conjunction on January 10th. Mars is to the upper left. The star to the left edge is Fomalhaut, and the star near the right edge is Deneb.

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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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


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Past Photographs

November 7, 2004

January 30, 2001


April 1, 1997

May 15, 2005

November 20, 2003



September 22, 2013

 

Past Graphics

1996

July 2000

March 2002


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Updated on January 25, 2015