Ephemeral moments with two planets, the moon, and the sun

A little ephemeral moment will play out over the evenings of 21 and 22 May: the two innermost planets — Mercury and Venus — will be close together on the western horizon. Image: EarthSky Venus (which, as you may have noticed, has been spectacularly bright recently) will come into view about 20 minutes after sunset;Continue reading “Ephemeral moments with two planets, the moon, and the sun”

Astronomy for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Japan, along with most of the Asia-Pacific region, will miss out on next week’s transit of Mercury. The country will, however, be hosting an International Astronomical Union (IAU) symposium on “Astronomy for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion — a roadmap to action within the framework of the IAU 100th Anniversary”. The event will be held overContinue reading “Astronomy for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion”

Gracias a San José de Jáchal

Our livestream concluded with an eclipsed sun setting behind the Andes. Thank you to everyone in San José de Jáchal, Argentina, who helped us deliver a fabulous timeanddate.com livestream of last week’s total solar eclipse. The support we received from the Municipalidad de Jáchal was simply incredible; we’re especially grateful to Domingo Martinez and MatíasContinue reading “Gracias a San José de Jáchal”

The return of the Moondance

In the 22 months since the ‘Great American’ total solar eclipse swept across the USA, we’ve had three total lunar eclipses and four partial solar eclipses. Now, the big Moondance is back… On 2 July a total solar eclipse will take place over the South Pacific Ocean and a narrow strip of Chile and Argentina.Continue reading “The return of the Moondance”

The moon, the earth’s shadow, and some clouds…

We are enormously grateful to the brilliant teams around the world who supported our live coverage of yesterday’s total lunar eclipse on timeanddate.com. Alas, it seemed like most of the night-time side of earth was covered in cloud… However, we obtained some truly spectacular images from timeanddate’s mobile observatory in Ouarzazate, Morocco, and the GriffithContinue reading “The moon, the earth’s shadow, and some clouds…”

The fascinating rhythm of the sun and the moon

Fascinating rhythm You’ve got me on the go Fascinating rhythm I’m all a-quiver Fascinating Rhythm (George & Ira Gershwin, 1924) The motions of the sun and the moon across the sky will create a fascinating rhythm in 2019, producing five different kinds of eclipses. There will also be a rare-ish transit of Mercury. The firstContinue reading “The fascinating rhythm of the sun and the moon”

Sublime eclipse images on timeanddate.com

Once again, timeanddate.com put together an amazing global team to cover the lunar eclipse on Friday night/Saturday morning. Company CEO Steffen Thorsen provided sublime telescope images from Santorini in Greece; Matt Woods at the Perth Observatory, and Jerome Jooste at the Old Republic Observatory in Johannesburg, gave us absolutely stunning pictures from Australia and SouthContinue reading “Sublime eclipse images on timeanddate.com”

Longest lunar eclipse until 2123

We are entering an eclipse season… The moon’s orbit around the earth is slightly tilted. This means that – for most new moons and full moons – the earth, moon and sun are not aligned, and there is no eclipse. About every six months, however, the moon’s tilted orbit lines up with the earth’s orbitContinue reading “Longest lunar eclipse until 2123”