Apr 29

Sky Report: May 1 – 7, 2023

Venus and Mars are the two planets in the evening sky and both are easy to spot. Venus is the brightest object in the night sky, other than the moon of course, and it sits 1/3 of the way up the western sky as twilight ends. Venus is so bright because it’s shrouded in highly […]

Apr 23

Sky Report: April 24 – 30

There aren’t as many planets in the evening sky as we’re used to seeing all winter. Presently only two are visible, plus there’s one in the morning sky. Here’s where they are. Venus is as brilliant as it is beautiful, especially when seen against colorful clouds or interesting features in the landscape. Then you have […]

Apr 15

Sky Report: April 17 – 23

People who like a challenge should try to spot the ultra-thin crescent moon, only 1% illuminated by the sun, immediately after sunset on the 20th when the moon is a scant 23 hours past new. Find a spot with a very low western horizon and use binoculars. It will be 5° below Mercury at the […]

Apr 9

Sky Report: April 10 – 16, 2023

This is the best week this year to see the elusive planet Mercury. Mercury never strays far from the sun and you can see it only in the morning, just before sunrise, or in the evening, just after sunset. Speedy Mercury orbits the sun in 88 days, so it reappears several times each year, but […]

Apr 1

Sky Report April 3 – 9, 2023

Stellar Vista Observatory Sky Report John Mosley April 3 – 9 The Sky Report is presented as a public service by the Stellar Vista Observatory, a non­profit organization based in Kanab, Utah, which provides opportunities for people to observe, appreciate, and comprehend our starry night sky. Additional information is at www.stellarvistaobservatory.org. Send questions and comments […]

Mar 26

Sky Report: March 27 – April 2

I wrote that we’ll lose Jupiter before March ends, and for practical purposes that is true, but Jupiter is in a close conjunction with Mercury on the 27th and that may prompt people who enjoy a challenge to break out the binoculars and try to see it. Jupiter has been sinking in the west, setting […]

Mar 19

Sky Report: March 20 – 26

There are two bright “major” planets in the sky tonight, and they’re trivial to see, plus one “minor” planet that you can see with a pair of binoculars (which every stargazer must have!) or any telescope and add it to your list of solar system conquests. Here’s how to find them. The two major planets […]

Mar 13

Sky Report: March 13 – 19

Stellar Vista Observatory Sky Report John Mosley March 13 – 19 The Sky Report is presented as a public service by the Stellar Vista Observatory, a non­profit organization based in Kanab, Utah, which provides opportunities for people to observe, appreciate, and comprehend our starry night sky. Additional information is at www.stellarvistaobservatory.org. Send questions and comments […]

Mar 4

Sky Report: March 6 – 12

Stellar Vista Observatory Sky Report John Mosley March 6 – 12 The Sky Report is presented as a public service by the Stellar Vista Observatory, a non­profit organization based in Kanab, Utah, which provides opportunities for people to observe, appreciate, and comprehend our starry night sky. Additional information is at www.stellarvistaobservatory.org. Send questions and comments […]

Feb 25

Sky Report: February 27 – March 5

We’ve had a string of wonderful conjunctions recently, all in the evening sky, and you could be forgiven for thinking that nice conjunctions are common and no big deal. But we’ve had the three brightest planets in the evening sky plus Saturn, so conjunctions were inevitable. But that’s ending. There are two conjunctions this week […]