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When the Curves Line Up

By Jeffrey L Hunt
Watching the Sun, Moon and Planets
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2021, October 26:  Speedy Mercury’s Morning Best

When the Curves Line Up

2021, October 26:  Speedy Mercury’s Morning Best

When the Curves Line Up

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2021, December 28:  Andromeda High in South
December 28, 2021:  The Great Andromeda Galaxy is nearly overhead at the end of the evening twilight. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/30/2021-december-28-andromeda-high-in-south/
04:49
November 30, 2021
2021, December 29: Moon Nears Scorpion, Venus Departs
December 29, 2021: The morning crescent moon approaches Scorpius and Mars.  In the evening sky, four evening planets – Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter – are lined up in the southwest.  Venus is rapidly leaving the evening sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/29/2021-december-29-moon-nears-scorpion-venus-departs/
02:42
November 29, 2021
2021, November 28:  Evening Planets on Parade
November 28, 2021:  During twilight this evening, the three bright evening planets – Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter are on parade in the southwestern sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/28/2021-november-28-evening-planets-on-parade/
01:27
November 28, 2021
2021, December 28:  Venus Slips, Mercury Hops
December 28, 2021:  Brilliant Venus is quickly slipping from the evening sky.  Mercury appears beneath Venus after sunset.  This duo is joined by Jupiter and Saturn.  In the morning, Mars is near Antares and the moon near Spica. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/27/2021-december-28-venus-slips-mercury-hops/
02:24
November 27, 2021
2022, January: Venus Into Bright Twilight, Inferior Conjunction
Venus sets at Nautical Twilight on New Year’s Day 2022.  It is rapidly moving between the earth and sun, setting about 7 minutes earlier each evening.  In only five days it sets at Civil Twilight and then passes inferior conjunction at 6:48 p.m. CST on January 8, 2020.  The first morning visibility of Venus starts 3-4 days after the conjunction.  It’ll appear about 4° in altitude above the east-southeastern horizon during late morning twilight. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/03/16/2022-january-venus-into-bright-twilight-inferior-conjunction/
02:39
November 26, 2021
2021, December 27:  Mars – Antares Conjunction
December 27, 2021:  The Red Planet Mars passes Antares this morning before sunrise.  At the same hour, the moon is near Spica.  The three bright planets – Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter – are in the evening sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/26/2021-december-27-mars-antares-conjunction/
02:41
November 26, 2021
2021, November 25: Hello from Mars 
November 25, 2021:  This is my postcard to my friends on Earth. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/25/2021-november-25-hello-from-mars/
01:30
November 25, 2021
2021, December 21:  Winter Solstice
December 21, 2021: The winter solstice occurs at 9:59 a.m. CST. Mars is in the morning sky along with a bright moon. The planet pack, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn, is in the southwestern sky after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/24/2021-december-21-winter-solstice/
04:09
November 24, 2021
2021, December 19-21:  Gemini Moon
December 19, 20, and 21, 2021:  The bright moon leading up to the winter solstice appears in the western sky before sunrise in front of Gemini. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/23/2021-december-19-21-gemini-moon/
02:31
November 23, 2021
2021, November 22:  Nearly 5,000 Exoplanets
November 22, 2021:  NASA Says, “Scientists have added a whopping 301 newly confirmed exoplanets to the total exoplanet tally.” This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/22/2021-november-22-nearly-5000-exoplanets/
02:37
November 22, 2021
2021, December 18:  Venus Retrogrades
December 18, 2021:  Venus begins to retrograde this evening.  It appears in the southwest after sunset, along with bright Jupiter and Saturn. The moon is caught between the Bull’s horns this evening.  In the morning sky, Mars passes the star Graffias. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/21/2021-december-18-venus-retrogrades/
03:54
November 21, 2021
2021, December 16-18:  Evening Moon, Bull
December 16, 17, 18, 2021:  The bright moon appears in front of the stars of Taurus.  Find them low in the east after sunset and in the western sky before sunrise.  The moon is Full at 4:35 a.m. on December 19. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/20/2021-december-16-18-evening-moon-bull/
02:50
November 20, 2021
2021, December 16:  Venus – Saturn Closest
December 16, 2021:  Venus and Saturn are closest this evening. Jupiter is to the upper left of Saturn. The bright moon is in the eastern sky. In the morning sky, Mars moves through Scorpius. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/19/2021-december-16-venus-saturn-closest/
03:24
November 19, 2021
2021, December 14:  Jupiter in Aquarius
December 14, 2021:  Jupiter moves into Aquarius this evening.  The planet continues to slowly open the gap to Saturn.  Along with brilliant Venus, find them in the southwest after sunset.  Mars is climbing into the morning sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/18/2021-december-14-jupiter-in-aquarius/
02:37
November 18, 2021
2021, December 7-9:  Moon, Evening Planets
December 7-9, 2021:  The crescent appears with Jupiter and Saturn in the southern sky after sundown.  Meanwhile, Mars continues its slow climb into the morning sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/16/2021-december-7-9-moon-evening-planets/
02:08
November 17, 2021
2021:  November 17:  Check Out NASA’s Eyes on Earth!
December 17, 2021:  NASA’s Eyes on Earth allows you to see any NSAS satellite as well as to study the science data they provide. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/17/2021-november-17-check-out-nasas-eyes-on-earth/
01:10
November 17, 2021
2021, December 2:  Earliest Sunset
December 2-14, 2021:  December 2 marks the earliest sunset. This sunset time continues through December 14. Morning planet Mars, while Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter are in the southern sky after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/15/2021-december-2-earliest-sunset/
01:54
November 15, 2021
2021, December 6, Aldebaran Rises at Sundown
December 6, 2021:  Aldebaran rises at sunset.  As the brilliant planet Venus and the crescent moon group in the southwest, Winter’s stars begin to crawl across the eastern horizon. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/14/2021-december-6-aldebaran-rises-at-sundown/
02:02
November 14, 2021
2021, December 4:  Moon Cues Mars
December 4, 2021:  Before sunup the thin crescent moon guides us to dim Mars.  In the evening sky, Evening Star Venus, Saturn and Saturn shine from the southern sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/13/2021-december-4-moon-cues-mars/
01:60
November 13, 2021
2021, November 29 – December 1:  Morning Moon, Evening Planets
November 29 – December 1, 2021: The morning crescent moon moves through the constellation Virgo on November 29, November 30, and December 1.  Mars is slowly climbing into the morning sky.  Evening Star Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter are in the southwest after sundown. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/12/2021-november-29-december-1-morning-moon-evening-planets/
02:35
November 12, 2021
2021, December 4, Evening Planets Equally Spaced
December 4, 2021:  The evening planets – Evening Star Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter – are nearly equally spaced across the southwestern sky after sunset.  Mars is climbing into the morning sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/11/2021-december-4-evening-planets-equally-spaced/
02:29
November 11, 2021
2021, November 26-28: Leo Moon
November 26-28, 2021:  The bright moon is in front of the stars of Leo on the mornings of November 26, 27, and 28.  In the evening sky, brilliant Venus, bright Jupiter, and Saturn are in the southern sky after sundown. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/10/2021-november-26-28-leo-moon/
03:17
November 10, 2021
2021, November 25: Crabby Moon
November 25, 2021:  Before sunrise, the bright moon appears in front of the dim stars of Cancer.  The Beehive star cluster is nearby.  Evening Star Venus, Saturn and Jupiter are in the evening sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/09/2021-november-25-crabby-moon/
03:04
November 9, 2021
2021, November 22-24:  Gemini Boots Moon
November 22-24, 2021:  Before sunrise, the moon appears in front of Gemini’s stars.  On November 22, the Twins seem to be kicking the moon as if it were a soccer ball.  In the evening sky, brilliant Evening Star Venus, bright Jupiter, and Saturn are in the southern sky after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/08/2021-november-22-24-gemini-boots-moon/
02:35
November 8, 2021
2021, November 27:  Venus at Greatest Brightness
November 27, 2021: Beginning this evening and lasting until December 14, Venus is at its greatest brightness. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/07/2021-november-27-venus-at-greatest-brightness/
02:56
November 7, 2021
2021, November 20, 2021:  Pegasus Flies High
November 20, 2021:  The great winged horse Pegasus flies across the southern sky during the early evening. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/06/2021-november-20-2021-pegasus-flies-high/
02:52
November 6, 2021
2021, November 19:  Venus Leaves Teapot
November 19, 2021: This evening Venus leaves the star pattern that is frequently referred to as the Teapot.  It is part of the constellation Sagittarius.  The planet stays within the formal constellation until March 7, 2022. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/05/2021-november-19-venus-leaves-teapot/
02:02
November 5, 2021
2021, December 6:  Spectacular Venus-Moon Conjunction
December 6, 2021:  Brilliant Evening Star Venus is in conjunction with the crescent moon this evening.  Look for them low in the southwest after sunset. This is the final conjunction of Venus and the moon for this evening appearance of the planet. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/04/2021-december-6-spectacular-venus-moon-conjunction/
02:02
November 4, 2021
2021, November 19-21:  Morning Moon with Bull
November 19-21, 2021:  The bright morning moon is in front of the stars of Taurus in the western sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/03/2021-november-19-21-morning-moon-with-bull/
02:03
November 3, 2021
2021, November 16:  Venus Gets a Handle
November 16, 2021:  Brilliant Venus starts to move through the Teapot of Sagittarius this evening.  Look for the brilliant Evening Star gleaming in the southwestern sky after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/02/2021-november-16-venus-gets-a-handle/
01:58
November 3, 2021
2021, November 14:  Evening Planets
November 14, 2021:  Brilliant Evening Star Venus, Bright Jupiter, and Saturn are visible in the southern evening sky.  The planets appear closer in the sky each evening as a planet pack. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/11/01/2021-november-14-evening-planets/
02:51
November 2, 2021
2021, November 13:  Hydra Slithers into the Morning Sky
November 13, 2021:  Hydra, the Snake, slithers into the morning sky.  Look for its stars in the southern sky before the morning sky brightens. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/31/2021-november-13-hydra-slithers-into-the-morning-sky/
02:53
October 31, 2021
2021, November 12:  Venus in the Teapot
November 12, 2021:  Brilliant Evening Star Venus is in the Teapot this evening, passing Kaus Borealis.  Saturn and Jupiter are visible to the upper left of Venus. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/30/2021-november-12-venus-in-the-teapot/
02:30
October 30, 2021
2021, November 10:  Mercury-Mars Conjunction
November 10, 2021:  Mars begins to enter the morning sky, for nearly a two-year appearance.  This morning Mercury passes the Red Planet. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/29/2021-november-10-mercury-mars-conjunction/
02:19
October 29, 2021
2021, November 9 – 12: Moon, Jupiter, Saturn
November 9 – 12, 2021:  The moon skips past Jupiter and Saturn during the evenings of November 9, 10, 11, and 12. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/28/2021-november-9-12-moon-jupiter-saturn/
02:02
October 28, 2021
2021, November 8:  Venus, Moon With Sagittarius
November 8, 2021:  Brilliant Evening Star and the crescent moon shine among the stars of Sagittarius after sunset.  Bright Mercury is a challenging view before sunrise. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/27/2021-november-8-venus-moon-with-sagittarius
02:33
October 28, 2021
2021, November 7:  Venus, Moon Conjunction
November 7, 2021:  During the early evening Venus and the moon group together in the southwest. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/26/2021-november-7-venus-moon-conjunction/
02:17
October 26, 2021
2021, November 6:  Autumn’s Midpoint
November 6, 2021:  The midpoint of Autumn occurs today. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/25/2021-november-6-autumns-midpoint/
02:01
October 25, 2021
2021, November 3:  Unusual Mercury, Crescent Moon Spectacular
November 3, 2021:  Before sunrise speedy planet Mercury, the crescent moon, and the star Spica are grouped together.  The trio does not appear this close together again until 2033. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/24/2021-november-3-unusual-mercury-crescent-moon-spectacular/
02:56
October 24, 2021
2021, October 31:  NO Halloween Full Moon
October 31, 2021:  There is no Halloween Full moon this year, and the phase is not close.  The crescent moon is in the morning sky.  Mercury is low in the east-southeast before sunrise.  The planet pack – Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter – gleam in the evening sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/23/2021-october-31-no-halloween-full-moon/
05:38
October 23, 2021
2021, October 29:  Venus, Greatest Elongation
October 29, 2021:  Venus reaches its greatest elongation from the sun.  It is in the evening sky with Jupiter and Saturn.  The crescent moon and Mercury are in the eastern sky before sunrise. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/22/2021-october-29-venus-greatest-elongation/
04:60
October 22, 2021
2021, October 29 – November 1, Lion Moon
October 29 – November 1, 2021:  The crescent moon moves in front of the stars of Leo in the eastern sky before sunrise.  Watch the moon appear lower and the phase shrink (wane) each morning. Also note that there is no Full moon on Halloween this year! This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/21/2021-october-29-november-1-lion-moon/
03:17
October 21, 2021
2021, October 26-28:  Morning Gemini Moon
October 26, 27, and 28, 2021:  During the early morning hours, the bright gibbous moon appears in front of Gemini’s stars. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/20/2021-october-26-28-morning-gemini-moon/
03:39
October 20, 2021
2021, October 26:  Speedy Mercury’s Morning Best
October 26, 2021: Mercury is at its greatest morning appearance for the year.  Look low in the east-southeast before sunrise. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/19/2021-october-26-speedy-mercurys-morning-best/
03:08
October 19, 2021
2021, October 25:  Caught Between the Horns
October 25, 2021: This morning the bright gibbous moon seems to be caught between the horns of Taurus.  Mercury is making its best morning appearance.  The planet pack – Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn are in the evening sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/18/2021-october-25-caught-between-the-horns/
04:14
October 18, 2021
2021, October 24: Saturn Inches Toward Jupiter
October 24, 2021:  Saturn is at its closest to Jupiter as the Jovian Giant picks up eastward speed.  The morning moon and Mercury are visible before sunrise.  Brilliant Evening Star Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter are in the sky after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/17/2021-october-24-saturn-inches-toward-jupiter/
04:58
October 17, 2021
2021, October 23: Morning Moon Near Pleiades
October 23, 2021:  This morning the bright moon is near the Pleiades star cluster.  Mercury is making its best morning appearance.  In the evening sky, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn are easy to spot. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/16/2021-october-23-morning-moon-near-pleiades/
04:38
October 16, 2021
2021, October 22, Mercury’s Morning Best, Arcturus
October 22. 2021:  Speedy Mercury is low in the east before sunrise.  It is putting on its best morning performance of the year.  Arcturus, in the east-northeast, is about the same altitude as Mercury. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/15/2021-october-22-mercurys-morning-best-arcturus/
03:19
October 15, 2021
2021, October 21 – November 1:  Venus Steps Through Ophiuchus
October 21-November 1, 2021:  Brilliant Venus steps through Ophiuchus to the upper left of the star Antares in the southwest after sunset . Afterward, the planet steps farther eastward. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/14/2021-october-31-november-1-venus-steps-through-ophiuchus/
01:37
October 14, 2021
2021, October 21, Bright Morning Moon, Mercury, Evening Planet Pack
October 21, 2021:  The bright moon is low in the west about an hour before sunrise.  Mercury is in the east at about the same altitude as Arcturus.  Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter shine from the evening sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/13/2021-october-21-bright-morning-moon-mercury-evening-planet-pack/
05:27
October 13, 2021
2021, December 18: James Webb Space Telescope Launch
December 18, 2021:  This is the anticipated launch date of the James Webb Space Telescope, the largest and most sophisticated space telescope view the universe. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/12/2021-december-18-james-webb-space-telescope-launch/
02:44
October 12, 2021
2021, October 20: Mercury, Morning Planet
October 20, 2021: Mercury is brightening in the morning sky.  Brilliant Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn are in the evening sky.  The bright moon starts the evening low in the eastern sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/11/2021-october-20-mercury-morning-planet/
04:26
October 11, 2021
2021, October 19: Four Bright Planets
October 19, 2021:  Four bright planets are visible during a twenty-four-hour interval.  Mercury is in the morning sky, while Venus, Saturn and Jupiter are joined by a nearly full moon. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/10/2021-october-19-four-bright-planets/
03:31
October 10, 2021
2021, October 18:  Jupiter’s Retrograde Ends
October 18, 2021:  Jupiter’s illusion of retrograde motion ends today.  Arcturus is appearing in the morning sky along with Mercury.  The planet pack – Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter – and the moon are in the evening sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/09/2021-october-18-jupiters-retrograde-ends/
06:18
October 9, 2021
2021, October 17:  Arcturus, Mercury, Morning, Evening Planet Pack
October 17, 2021: Arcturus is making its first morning appearance in the eastern sky before sunrise, while Mercury is beginning its best morning appearance of the year.  The gibbous moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus are strung across the sky after sundown. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/08/2021-october-17-arcturus-mercury-morning-evening-planet-pack/
04:35
October 8, 2021
2021, October 16:  Morning Binocular View, Evening Planet Pack
October 16, 2021:  Use a binocular to scan the morning sky.  Brilliant Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter continue to gleam in the evening sky.  Venus passes Antares in the southwestern sky.  The gibbous moon joins Jupiter and Saturn in the southeast. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/07/2021-october-16-morning-binocular-view-evening-planet-pack/
04:26
October 7, 2021
2021, October 16:  Morning Stars
October 16, 2021: At the beginning of morning twilight, the bright stars of the Orion region of the sky shine brightly from the southern sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/06/2021-october-16-morning-stars/
02:35
October 6, 2021
2021, October 15:  Venus, Antares, Al Niyat
October 15, 2021:  Brilliant Evening Star Venus is near the star Antares this evening after sunset.  Another star in Scorpius, Al Niyat, along with Venus and Antares mark the corners of a small celestial triangle. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/05/2021-october-15-venus-antares-al-niyat/
03:13
October 5, 2021
2021, October 13-15:  Moon Passes Saturn, Jupiter
October 13-15, 2021:  The waxing gibbous moon passes the bright evening planets, Saturn and Jupiter.  Look for them in the south-southeast after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/04/2021-october-13-15-moon-passes-saturn-jupiter/
01:26
October 4, 2021
2021, October 12:  Moon Approaches Saturn, Jupiter
October 12, 2021:  The moon, Saturn, and Jupiter are strung along the southern sky this evening after sunset.  Venus continues its trek through Scorpius. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/03/2021-october-12-moon-approaches-saturn-jupiter/
03:29
October 4, 2021
2021, October 11:  Steamed Moon
October 11, 2021:  The waxing moon appears above the spout of the Teapot of Sagittarius.  Brilliant Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn are visible after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/02/2021-october-11-steamed-moon/
04:11
October 4, 2021
2021, November 19:  Morning Lunar Eclipse
November 19, 2021:  A morning lunar eclipse is visible from across most of North America.  The moon is almost completely immersed in Earth’s shadow at 3:02 a.m. CST. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/10/01/2021-november-19-morning-lunar-eclipse/
02:46
October 1, 2021
2021, October 10:  Saturn’s Retrograde Ends
October 10, 2021:  Saturn’s retrograde ends this evening.  It slowly resumes its eastward motion compared to the starry background.  The bright planet pack – Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn – are easily visible after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/30/2021-october-10-saturns-retrograde-ends/
05:02
September 30, 2021
2021, October: Mars Command Pause
NASA is pausing operational commands with the spacecraft exploring Mars as the Red Planet nears its conjunction with the sun. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/29/2021-october-mars-command-pause/
02:01
September 29, 2021
2021, October 8:  Venus, Moon Group With Scorpion
October 8, 2021:  The crescent moon approaches Venus in the western sky this evening, leading up to tomorrow’s close grouping of Venus, the crescent moon, and the three stars of the Scorpion’s head. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/28/2021-october-8-venus-moon-group-with-scorpion/
03:24
September 28, 2021
2021, October 7:  Evening Crescent, Planet Pack
October 7, 2021: The lunar crescent returns to the evening sky for a short visit in the western sky after sunset.  The bright planet pack – Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn – are visible during the early evening. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/27/2021-october-7-evening-crescent-planet-pack/
03:29
September 27, 2021
2021, October – December:  Mars Conjunction, Return to Morning Sky
Mars is at its solar conjunction on October 7, 2021.  It begins a slow return into the morning sky. By year’s end it appears low in the southeastern sky with the moon. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/26/2021-october-december-mars-conjunction-return-to-morning-sky/
03:39
September 27, 2021
2021, October 6: New Moon, Evening Planet Pack
October 6, 2021:  The moon is at its New moon phase today.  This evening look for the three bright planets after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/25/2021-october-6-new-moon-evening-planet-pack/
03:23
September 25, 2021
2021, October 5: Skinny Moon, Evening Planet Pack
October 5, 2021: Before sunrise, a very thin moon is visible in the eastern sky.  The evening planet pack – Evening Star Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn – are visible at the same time after sundown. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/24/2021-october-5-skinny-moon-evening-planet-pack/
05:08
September 24, 2021
2021, October 29:  Equal Daylight, Equal Darkness
October 29, 2021:  Today is the date for equal daylight and equal darkness for about 42° north latitude. This is not to be confused with the autumnal equinox. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/23/2021-october-29-equal-daylight-equal-darkness/
05:59
September 23, 2021
2021, October 4: Thin Morning Moon
October 4, 2021: Before sunrise, the razor-thin lunar crescent is low in the eastern sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/22/2021-october-4-thin-morning-moon/
03:24
September 22, 2021
2021, October 3:  Lunar Slice, Evening Planet Pack
October 3. 2021:  Before sunrise, the thin crescent moon is in the eastern sky, to the lower left of Regulus.  After sunset, the planet pack – Evening Star Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn – shine brightly. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/21/2021-october-3-lunar-slice-evening-planet-pack/
04:18
September 21, 2021
2021, October 2: Moon, Lion’s Head
October 2, 2021: The crescent moon appears near the head of Leo in the eastern sky this morning before sunrise. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/20/2021-october-1-moon-lions-head/
03:10
September 20, 2021
2021, October 9: Rare Grouping, Venus, Crescent Moon, Scorpius’ Head
October 9, 2021: Look for brilliant Venus, crescent moon, and the head of Scorpius in the southwest after sunset.  About every eight years, Venus and the moon appear near the head of the Scorpion after sunset.  Look for them about 45 minutes after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/19/2021-october-9-rare-grouping-venus-crescent-moon-scorpius-head/
06:01
September 19, 2021
2021, October 1: Lunar Crescent, Beehive
October 1, 2021: Before sunrise, the lunar crescent is near the Beehive star cluster. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/18/2021-october-1-lunar-crescent-beehive/
03:13
September 18, 2021
2021, September 29:  Gemini Moon, Evening Planet Pack
September 29, 2021:  The thick crescent moon is in the southeast before sunrise, approaching the middle of Gemini.  The evening planet pack is visible after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/16/2021-september-29-gemini-moon-evening-planet-pack/
04:32
September 16, 2021
2021, September 28:  Morning Moon, Evening Planets
September 28, 2021:  This morning the moon, as it approaches its Last Quarter phase, is high in the south at the Gemini – Taurus border.  The evening planet pack – Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn – brightly shine after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/15/2021-september-28-morning-moon-evening-planets/
05:14
September 15, 2021
2021, September 27:  Moon Between the Horns, Evening Planet Pack
September 27, 2021:  Before sunrise this morning, the bright moon seems caught between the horns of Taurus, Elnath and Zeta Tauri.  The planet pack, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn, are visible after sundown. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/14/2021-september-27-moon-between-the-horns-evening-planet-pack/
04:33
September 14, 2021
2021, September 26:  Morning Moon, Taurus
September 26, 2021: This morning a bright moon is between the Pleaides and Hyades star clusters. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/13/2021-september-26-morning-moon-taurus/
03:01
September 13, 2021
2021, September 25: Morning Moon, Evening Planet Pack
September 25, 2021:  The bright morning moon approaches the Pleiades star cluster and Aldebaran.  In the evening sky, brilliant Evening Star Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn are easy to spot. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/12/2021-september-25-morning-moon-evening-planet-pack/
05:47
September 12, 2021
2021, September 24:  Summer Triangle Up High
September 24, 2021:  The Summer Triangle – Vega, Altair, and Deneb – is high in the south during the early evening hours. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/11/2021-september-24-summer-triangle-up-high/
05:16
September 11, 2021
2021, September 23:  Venus Passes a Claw
September 23, 2021:  Three bright planets shine in the sky during the early evening.  Brilliant Venus is in the southwestern sky after sunset.  This evening it passes Zubenelgenubi – “the southern claw.”  Bright Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeastern sky during the early evening. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/10/2021-september-23-venus-passes-a-claw/
04:00
September 10, 2021
2021, September 22: Autumnal Equinox
September 22, 2021:  The sun’s light is most direct at the equator at 2:21 p.m. CDT, signaling the beginning of the autumn season in the northern hemisphere. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/09/2021-september-22-autumnal-equinox/
04:15
September 9, 2021
2021, September 20: Harvest Moon, Bright Planets
September 20, 2021:  The Harvest Moon occurs at 6:55 p.m. CDT, the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox.  In addition to the full moon, three bright planets are in the evening sky – Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/08/2021-september-20-harvest-moon-bright-planets/
03:36
September 8, 2021
2021, September 19: Three Evening Planets, Bright Moon
September 19, 2021:  Three bright planets – Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn – are easily visible after sunset, along with the nearly-full moon. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/07/2021-september-19-three-evening-planets-bright-moon/
03:43
September 7, 2021
2021, September 18: Venus and Scorpion
September 18, 2021:  Venus moves into the boundaries of the classic Scorpion.  Today the pattern is divided into Libra and Scorpius.  Each evening watch the position of Venus change compared to the sidereal background. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/06/2021-september-18-venus-and-scorpion/
02:49
September 6, 2021
2021, September – October: Venus and the Scorpion
Venus moves through the classic Scorpion (Libra, Scorpius, and Ophiuchus) during the next 46 days.  The planet is south of the ecliptic, appearing in regions of the constellations that we might not expect to see it. Venus closes in on Earth. The observing interval occurs at nearly mid-twilight so that dimmer stars are easier to see than earlier in the apparition.  Venus sets later each evening and brightens in the sky. On October 9, the moon is near Venus and Delta Scorpii. A week later, Venus passes Antares. Look for an evening half phase through a telescope near the end of October and the evening greatest elongation. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/03/16/2021-september-october-venus-and-the-scorpion/
04:58
September 5, 2021
2021, September 16: Double Vision
September 16, 2021:  The famous Double Cluster is high in the northwest before the beginning of morning twilight.  The cluster pair is easily observed without a binocular’s optical assist in dark locations.  A binocular is needed in town.  The Great Galaxy in Andromeda is nearby. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/05/2021-september-16-double-vision/
03:31
September 5, 2021
2021, September 15-22: Evening Planets, Harvest Moon Effect
September 15-22, 2021:  The moon passes evening planets Saturn and Jupiter as a lead in to the Harvest Moon and the geometrical effects of the sky, known as the Harvest Moon Effect. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/04/2021-september-15-22-evening-planets-harvest-moon-effect/
05:13
September 4, 2021
2021, September 13: Mercury at Greatest Elongation
September 13, 2021:  Mercury reaches greatest elongation tonight.  It is a challenge to see in the bright twilight. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/03/2021-september-13-mercury-at-greatest-elongation/
06:15
September 3, 2021
2021, September 14: Moon Steeps in Teapot
September 14, 2021: This evening the bright gibbous moon is in a section of the constellation Sagittarius that is frequently known as the Teapot.  Additionally, Evening Star Venus, bright Jupiter, and Saturn are in the evening sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/02/2021-september-14-moon-steeps-in-teapot/
03:37
September 2, 2021
2021, September 10-13: Moon, Scorpion
September 10-13, 2021:  The waxing moon passes the classic Scorpion in the evening sky.  Look for them in the south-southwest during the early evening hours. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/09/01/2021-september-10-13-moon-scorpion/
02:10
September 1, 2021
2021, September 9: Rare Venus, Moon, Spica Spectacular
September 9, 2021:  After this evening’s grouping, Evening Star Venus, the crescent moon, and Spica do not appear this close together until 2026.  This is one of four groupings that fit into the same binocular field through 2036. For the fifth occasion during this evening apparition of Venus, the moon passes the brilliant Evening Star. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/31/2021-september-9-rare-venus-moon-spica-spectacular/
06:24
August 31, 2021
2021, September 7, 8: Mercury, Lunar Crescent
September 7 & 8, 2021:  The crescent moon, emerging from bright sunlight after its New moon phase, appears near Mercury on these evenings.  On September 8, use a binocular to find the crescent 5.0° to the upper right of the speedy planet. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/30/2021-september-7-8-mercury-lunar-crescent/
05:12
August 30, 2021
2021, September 6: Evening Planets
September 6, 2021:  Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn shine in the evening sky.  The moon is at its New moon phase at 7:52 p.m. CDT. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/29/2021-september-6-evening-planets/
04:55
August 29, 2021
2021, September 5: Venus – Spica Conjunction
September 5, 2021:  Venus passes Spica this evening in a widely-spaced conjunction. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/28/2021-september-5-venus-spica-conjunction/
02:51
August 28, 2021
2021, September 4: Moon’s Morning Tour
September 4, 2021:   The moon’s star cluster tour continues this morning with the Beehive star cluster.  In the evening sky, just one day before its conjunction with Spica, find the brilliant planet in the west-southwest after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/27/2021-september-4-moons-morning-tour/
04:19
August 27, 2021
2021, September 3: AM Crescent, Twins, PM Planets
September 3, 2021:  Before sunrise, the crescent moon is in the eastern sky near the Gemini Twins.  Three bright planets shine during evening hours. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/26/2021-september-3-am-crescent-twins-pm-planets/
04:46
August 26, 2021
2021, September 2: Venus on Final Approach to Spica, Morning Moon
September 2, 2021: Three bright planets are easily observed in the evening sky.  In the western sky, Venus is approaching Spica for a wide conjunction in three evenings.  Before sunrise, the crescent moon is in the eastern sky with Castor and Pollux. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/25/2021-september-2-venus-on-final-approach-to-spica-morning-moon/
04:01
August 25, 2021
2021, September 1: Morning Moon, Venus Targets Spica
September 1, 2021:  Before sunrise, the crescent moon is near a star cluster that is visible.  In the western evening sky, Venus targets Spica before their conjunction in four evenings. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/24/2021-september-1-morning-moon-venus-targets-spica/
06:43
August 24, 2021
2021, August 31: Morning Moon, Evening Planet Spectacular
August 31, 2021:  The morning moon is caught between the Bull’s Horns.  During the evening three bright planets – Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn – sparkle in the sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/23/2021-august-31-morning-moon-evening-planet-spectacular/
07:02
August 23, 2021
2021, August 30: Last Quarter Moon, Hyades
August 30, 2021:  The morning moon is near Aldebaran and the Hyades star cluster. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/22/2021-august-29-last-quarter-moon-hyades/
03:37
August 22, 2021
2021, August 29: Morning Moon, Pleiades
August 29, 2021: Before sunrise, the gibbous moon appears near the Pleiades star cluster. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/21/2021-august-29-morning-moon-pleiades/
04:00
August 21, 2021
2021, August 28: Morning Moon, Evening Planets
August 28, 2021: Before sunrise, the moon is high in the south.  It is in Aries, approaching the Pleiades star cluster and Taurus.  Three bright planets – Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn – are easy to spot after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/20/2021-august-28-morning-moon-evening-planets/
04:00
August 20, 2021
2021, August 27: Morning Moon, Evening Inner Planets
August 27, 2021:  The bright moon is near Aries in the morning sky.  Look for Venus and Mercury shortly after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/19/2021-august-27-morning-moon-evening-inner-planets/
04:52
August 19, 2021
2021, August 26: Venus Heads Toward Spica
August 26, 2021:  Brilliant Venus shines in the western sky after sunset.  Watch it close the gap to Spica, leading up to their conjunction during early September.  Look for Jupiter and Saturn in the southeast at the same time Venus is in the western sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/18/2021-august-26-venus-heads-toward-spica/
03:41
August 18, 2021
2021, August 25: Retrograding Saturn and Jupiter
August 25, 2021: Evening Star Venus, bright Jupiter, and Saturn are visible during the early evening hours.  Brilliant Venus is in the western sky.  Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeastern sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/17/2021-august-25-retrograding-saturn-and-jupiter/
03:60
August 17, 2021
2021, August 24: Morning Moon, Jupiter
August 24, 2021:  The bright moon is in the southwestern sky before sunrise, casting its lunar glow across the sky.  Bright Jupiter is to the lower right of the lunar orb and near the horizon. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/16/2021-august-24-morning-moon-jupiter/
03:02
August 16, 2021
2021, August 23: Moon’s Star Tails
August 23, 2021:  Later during the evening the moon appears in the region of stars that have tail names. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/15/2021-august-23-moons-star-tails/
05:07
August 15, 2021
2021, August 22: Evening Star Venus Steps Through Virgo
August 22, 2021:  Brilliant Evening Star Venus continues to step through Virgo after sundown.  It is to the lower left of Spica and near Porrima and Zaniah. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/14/2021-august-22-evening-star-venus-steps-through-virgo/
04:54
August 14, 2021
2021, August 21: Jupiter, Blue Moon
August 21, 2021: Bright Jupiter is near the Blue Moon this evening.  The lunar term has several definitions. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/13/2021-august-21-jupiter-blue-moon/
03:48
August 13, 2021
2021, August 20: Five Planets, Harvest Moon Effect
August 20, 2021: Five bright planets are visible after sunset this evening.  During the next few evenings, a month before the Harvest Moon, get a preview of the harvest moon effect. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/12/2021-august-10-five-planets-harvest-moon-effect/
05:55
August 12, 2021
2021, August 19: Moon, Five Evening Planets
August 19, 2021: The moon, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter span the sky this evening shortly after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/11/2021-august-19-moon-five-evening-planets/
03:31
August 12, 2021
2021, August 19: Jupiter at Opposition
August 19, 2021:  Jupiter is at opposition this evening.  It shines brightly in the sky nearly all night long. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/10/2021-august-19-jupiter-at-opposition/
02:22
August 10, 2021
2021, August 17: Mercury Targets Mars
August 17, 2021:  One evening before their close conjunction, Mercury moves toward Mars.  The gap between them is 1.1° this evening. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/08/2021-august-17-mercury-targets-mars/
04:31
August 8, 2021
2021, August 16: Five Evening Planets, Moon
August 16, 2021:  Mercury and Mars are visible through a binocular during bright twilight.  As night falls, Venus, Saturn and Jupiter are visible.  The gibbous moon is near Antares. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/07/2021-august-16-five-evening-planets-moon/
06:23
August 7, 2021
2021, August 15: Moon Hits Scorpion’s Head
August 15, 2021: This evening the moon seems to hit the Scorpion’s head.  Meanwhile, the five naked-eye planets are visible leading up to the very close conjunction of Mercury and Mars. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/06/2021-august-15-moon-hits-scorpions-head/
05:08
August 6, 2021
2021, August 14: Waxing Moon, Stellar Double
August 14, 2021: This evening the waxing moon is near Zubenelgenubi, the southern claw, that is a stellar double.  Use a binocular to see both stars that are in a gravitation dance. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/05/2021-august-14-waxing-moon-stellar-double/
04:00
August 5, 2021
2021, August 13: Evening Sky, Bright Planets
August 13, 2021: This evening the crescent moon appears between Evening Star Venus and Spica as the lunar slice dances eastward.  Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeastern sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/04/2021-august-13-evening-sky-bright-planets/
03:34
August 4, 2021
2021, August 12: Evening Sky, Lunar Dance
August 12, 2021: This evening the crescent moon appears between Venus and Spica as the lunar slice dances eastward. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/03/2021-august-12-evening-sky-lunar-dance/
03:33
August 3, 2021
2021, August 11: Waxing Moon, Evening Star
August 11, 2021:  The waxing crescent moon is to the upper left of Evening Star Venus this evening in the western sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/02/2021-august-11-waxing-moon-evening-star/
03:37
August 2, 2021
2021, August – September: Venus in Virgo
Still visible low in the western sky during evening twilight, Venus treks through Virgo during 39 evenings, beginning August 10.  During mid-August attempt to view five planets in the sky simultaneously. The challenging view is with Mercury and Mars that are low in the western sky during very bright twilight. Venus passes Spica on September 5.  A nice grouping of Venus, the moon, and Spica occurs on September 9.  Near mid-month, Venus begins to rapidly close on Earth. The planet quickly brightens in the sky. After late September, Venus begins to set after the end of evening twilight. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/03/16/2021-august-september-venus-in-virgo/
03:55
August 2, 2021
2021, August 10: Evening Star Venus, Crescent Moon
August 10, 2021:  The crescent moon is near Venus in the western sky after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/08/01/2021-august-10-evening-star-venus-crescent-moon/
02:39
August 2, 2021
2021, August 9: Evening Moon, Mars
August 9, 2021: After the New moon yesterday morning, the crescent moon appears in the evening sky during bright twilight near Mars. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/31/2021-august-9-evening-moon-mars/
02:55
August 1, 2021
2021, August 3: Four Evening Planets: Venus, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter
August 3, 2021:  Four planets appear in the evening sky.  Brilliant Evening Star Venus and dim Mars are in the west after sunset.  A little later during the evening, Saturn and Jupiter are easily visible in the southeast. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/30/2021-august-3-four-evening-planets-venus-mars-saturn-jupiter/
04:01
July 31, 2021
2021, August 2: Saturn at Opposition
August 2, 2021: Saturn is at opposition with the sun.  Earth is between the sun and the planet. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/29/2021-august-2-saturn-at-opposition/
02:37
July 29, 2021
2021: August 1 – 6: Morning Moon, Bright Stars
August 1 – 6, 2021:  The morning moon wanes toward its New moon phase in the eastern sky.  It passes the bright stars that are prominent in the evening sky during the winter season in the northern hemisphere.  The stars have been making their first appearances in the morning sky during summer.  At this hour, Procyon and bright Sirius are the last stellar duo to appear. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/28/2021-august-1-6-morning-moon-bright-stars/
02:45
July 28, 2021
2021, August 6: Summer’s Midpoint
August 6, 2021:  In the northern hemisphere, summer’s midpoint occurs today at 6:27 p.m. CDT. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/27/2021-august-6-summers-midpoint/
03:24
July 27, 2021
2021, July 31: Morning Sky, Moon, Mira, Uranus
July 31, 2021:  The slightly gibbous moon, nearing its Last Quarter phase, is in the southeast as morning twilight begins.  It is near the planet Uranus, easily within reach of a binocular.  Mira, a variable star, reaches its brightest next month. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/26/2021-july-31-morning-sky-moon-mira-uranus/
02:29
July 26, 2021
2021, July 29: Mars – Regulus Conjunction
July 29, 2021:  In a challenging-to-see conjunction, Mars passes 0.6° to the upper right of the star Regulus. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/25/2021-july-29-mars-regulus-conjunction/
03:45
July 25, 2021
2021, July 27: Four Evening Planets
July 27, 2021:  Evening Star Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter are in the evening sky.  Mars is nearing its conjunction with Regulus in two evenings. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/24/2021-july-27-four-evening-planets/
03:42
July 24, 2021
2021, July 26: Evening Sky, Mars Closes In
July 26, 2021:  Four bright planets are in the evening sky.  Mars closes in on Regulus for their conjunction in three evenings.  Brilliant Evening Star Venus appears to the upper left of the impending Mars – Regulus conjunction.  Saturn and Jupiter are low in the southeastern sky after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/23/2021-july-26-evening-sky-mars-closes-in/
05:06
July 23, 2021
2021, July 25: Evening Sky, Mars on Final Approach
July 25, 2021:  Four evenings before its conjunction with Regulus, find Mars in the western sky to the lower right of Venus.  As the calendar day ends, look for the moon below bright Jupiter. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/22/2021-july-25-evening-sky-mars-on-final-approach/
05:02
July 22, 2021
2021, July 24: Four Evening Planets, Moon
July 24, 2021: After sunset, Venus and Mars are in the western sky.  A little later during evening hours, the moon is near Jupiter and Saturn in the southeast. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/21/2021-july-24-four-evening-planets-moon/
03:54
July 21, 2021
2021, July 23: Evening Star Venus, Mars, Regulus, Moon, Jupiter, Saturn
July 23, 2021:   Four bright planets are visible during evening hours.  Venus and Mars are in the western sky after sunset.  A little later, the moon is near Saturn and Jupiter in the southeastern sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/20/2021-july-23-evening-star-venus-mars-regulus-moon-jupiter-saturn/
04:10
July 20, 2021
2021, July 29: Jupiter – Mars Opposition
July 29, 2021:  Jupiter and Mars are 180° apart along the ecliptic.  Dim Mars sets in the west-northwest as Jupiter rises in the east-southeast.  This event signals that soon both appear in the sky simultaneously. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/19/2021-july-29-jupiter-mars-opposition/
01:51
July 19, 2021
2021, July 22: Western Sky Square Dance
July 22, 2021:  The planetary square dance continues in the western sky after sunset with Evening Star Venus, Mars, and Regulus. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/18/2021-july-22-western-sky-square-dance/
03:39
July 18, 2021
2021, July 21: Moon, Teapot
July 21, 2021:  The bright moon is to the upper right of the Teapot of Sagittarius.  Use a binocular to see the dimmer stars with the lunar orb. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/17/2021-july-21-moon-teapot/
03:42
July 18, 2021
2021, July 24-27: Morning Moon, Jupiter, Saturn
July 24-27, 2021:  The bright moon passes Saturn and Jupiter in the southwestern sky before sunrise. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/16/2021-july-24-27-morning-moon-jupiter-saturn/
02:04
July 16, 2021
2021, July 21: Venus – Regulus Conjunction
July 21, 2021:  Venus passes Regulus this evening in the western sky after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/15/2021-july-21-venus-regulus-conjunction/
02:05
July 15, 2021
2021, July 20: A Five-Planet Feast
July 20, 2021: The five planets are visible during the nighttime hours.  Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury are in the morning sky.  Venus and Mars hang above the western horizon after sunset, followed by Jupiter and Saturn return to the evening sky. The link to this blog post 2021, July 20: A Five-Planet Feast – When the Curves Line Up
08:53
July 15, 2021
2021, July 19: Helical Rising of Betelgeuse
July 19, 2021:  Betelgeuse is making its first morning appearance or heliacal rising in the eastern sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/13/2021-july-19-helical-rising-of-betelgeuse/
04:57
July 13, 2021
2021, July 19: Gibbous Moon, Scorpion
July 19, 2021: Gibbous moon is in front of the stars of Scorpius this evening. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/12/2021-july-19-gibbous-moon-scorpion/
03:24
July 12, 2021
2021, July 19: Western Planetary Square Dance
July 19, 2021:  Venus continues its dance with Mars and Regulus in the western evening sky.  Look for them forty-five minutes after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/11/2021-july-19-western-planetary-square-dance/
03:51
July 11, 2021
2021, July 18: Planetary Platter
July 18, 2021: All five bright planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn – are visible during the nighttime hours. Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury in the sky before sunrise.  Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are in the sky after sundown. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/10/2021-july-18-planetary-platter/
05:30
July 10, 2021
2021, July 21: Venus – Jupiter Opposition
July 21, 2021:  This evening Venus and Jupiter are in opposite directions from Earth, 180° apart along the plane of the solar system.  Jupiter rises as Venus sets, signaling that they appear in the sky at the same time. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/09/2021-july-21-venus-jupiter-opposition/
01:46
July 9, 2021
2021, July 17: Line Dance in Evening Western Sky
July 17, 2021: Evening Star Venus and Mars continue their seemingly choregraphed line dance in the western sky after sunset.  Venus is east of Mars and moving toward the star Regulus. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/08/2021-july-17-line-dance-in-evening-western-sky/
04:60
July 8, 2021
2021, July 16: Western Planetary Two Step
July 16, 2021: Evening Star Venus races away from Mars and toward Regulus in the western sky.  The moon is near the star Spica. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/07/2021-july-16-western-planetary-two-step/
04:30
July 7, 2021
1969, July 20: When the Curves Lined Up
Another year to note the first human moon landing. Fifty-two years ago, humans walked on the moon for the first time.  Will we return?  Promises have been made and plans are unfolding. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/06/1969-july-20-when-the-curves-lined-up/
01:18
July 6, 2021
2021, July 15: Evening Celestial Wheel Turns
July 15, 2021:  Each evening the moon continues to move eastward with a waxing phase while Venus and Mars dance in the western sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/05/2021-july-15-evening-celestial-wheel-turns/
04:17
July 5, 2021
2021, July 10-18: Watch Jupiter, Saturn Retrograde
July 10-18 2021: Before sunrise Jupiter and Saturn are in the south-southwest before sunrise.  Through a binocular watch them move westward compared to the starry background. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/04/2021-july-10-18-watch-jupiter-saturn-retrograde/
02:59
July 4, 2021
2021, July 14: Evening Star Venus, Mars, Moon
July 14, 2021: This evening, look for the crescent moon to the upper left of the Evening Star Venus.  Regulus is to the upper left of Venus, while Mars is to the lower right. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/03/2021-july-14-evening-star-venus-mars-moon/
03:36
July 3, 2021
2021, Early July Mornings
July Early Mornings, 2021:  Step outside as morning twilight begins, about two hours before sunrise.  Look high in the south for the Summer Triangle, high above Jupiter and Saturn. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/02/2021-early-july-mornings/
01:25
July 2, 2021
2021, Early July: Hero Highest
July, 2021:  During the early evening sky, Hercules is nearly overhead as evening twilight ends.  The constellation has a spectacular star cluster. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/07/01/2021-early-july-hero-highest/
02:44
July 1, 2021
2021, July 13: Planetary Buffet
July 13, 2021:  During the nighttime hours, five bright planets are visible.  Jupiter and Saturn are visible from late in the evening until sunrise. Mercury is visible before sunrise, while Venus, Mars, and Venus are in the evening sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/30/2021-july-13-planetary-buffet/
05:59
June 30, 2021
2021, July 8: Crescent Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn
July 8, 2021:  The best morning to see Mercury is with the thin crescent moon this morning.  Starting with a binocular, look for them in the east-northeast about 45 minutes before sunrise.  Jupiter and Saturn are easy to see in the southern sky about one hour before sunrise. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/29/2021-july-8-crescent-moon-mercury-jupiter-saturn/
03:59
June 29, 2021
2021, July 7: Three Morning Planets, Crescent Moon
July 7, 2021: Bright Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury are in the morning sky before sunrise.  The Jovian Giant and Ringed Wonder are in the southern sky about one hour before sunrise. Mercury is in the east-northeast to the lower left of the crescent moon. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/28/2021-july-7-three-morning-planets-crescent-moon/
03:33
June 28, 2021
2021, July 11: Evening Star Venus, Mars, Crescent Moon
July 11, 2021:  One evening before the Venus – Mars conjunction, the crescent moon joins the scene.  Look in the west-northwest for the Evening Star.  The crescent moon is to the right of Venus.  Use a binocular to locate Mars to the left of Venus. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/27/2021-july-11-evening-star-venus-mars-crescent-moon/
03:14
June 27, 2021
2021, July 10: Venus – Mars Conjunction in 2 Nights
July 10, 2021:  Evening Star Venus approaches Mars for their conjunction it two evenings.  At 45 minutes after sunset, look for brilliant Venus low in the west-northwest.  Mars is 1.5° to the upper left of Venus.  Use a binocular to view Mars with Venus. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/26/2021-july-10-venus-mars-conjunction-in-2-nights/
03:32
June 26, 2021
2021, July 9: Venus – Mars Conjunction in 3 Nights
July 9, 2021:  Brilliant Evening Star Venus and Mars are in the west-northwest after sunset.  Use a binocular to find the Red Planet, 2.0° to the upper left of easily-observed Venus. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/25/2021-july-9-venus-mars-conjunction-in-3-nights/
03:07
June 25, 2021
2021, July 8: Venus – Mars Conjunction, 4 Evenings
July 8, 2021: Evening Star Venus is 2.6° to the lower right of Mars this evening, four evenings before their conjunction.  The star Regulus is to the upper left of the planetary pair. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/24/2021-july-8-venus-mars-conjunction-4-evenings/
02:50
June 24, 2021
2021, July: Mercury’s Summer Morning Visibility
July 2021:  Elusive Mercury appears in the morning sky in the east-northeast during morning twilight.  The best mornings to see Mercury are July 7 and July 8, when the moon is nearby. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/23/2021-july-mercurys-summer-morning-visibility/
03:40
June 23, 2021
2021, July 7: Venus – Mars Countdown
July 7, 2021:  In five evenings, Venus passes Mars for the first conjunction in a triple conjunction that carries into 2022.  Look for them low in the west-northwest after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/23/2021-july-7-venus-mars-countdown/
03:12
June 23, 2021
2021, July 6: Venus, Mars Final Approach
July 6, 2021:  In less than a week, brilliant Venus passes Mars in the west-northwestern sky after sunset.  This evening the two planets are 3.8° apart.  Venus is over 18° to the lower right of the star Regulus. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/22/2021-july-6-venus-mars-final-approach/
03:35
June 22, 2021
2021, July 1- 7, Morning Moon
July 1 – July 7, 2021, the waning crescent appears in the eastern sky.  Early in the viewing period, the moon is among the dim stars of Pisces.  As the week progresses, the moon wanes and moves farther eastward, appearing near Taurus. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/22/2021-july-1-7-morning-moon/
02:56
June 22, 2021
2021, July 5: Earth at Aphelion
July 5, 2021:  Our planet Earth reaches its farthest point in its yearly trek around the sun.  Our seasons are not related to Earth’s distance from the sun.  Coincidentally, the moon is at its farthest point from Earth today. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/21/2021-july-5-earth-at-aphelion/
02:09
June 21, 2021
2021, July 5: Evening Star Venus, Mars Evening Sky
July 5, 2021:  Venus continues to close in on Mars in the west-northwest after sunset.  In a week Venus passes the Red Planet. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/21/2021-july-5-evening-star-venus-mars-evening-sky/
02:58
June 21, 2021
2021, July 4: Venus Aims at Mars
July 4, 2021: The Venus – Mars conjunction is eight days away.  This evening Venus moves to within 5° of the Red Planet. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/20/2021-july-4-venus-aims-at-mars/
03:45
June 20, 2021
2021, June 21: Jupiter Retrogrades
June 21, 2021:  Jupiter begins retrograde, moving westward compared to the distant stars, today. The Jovian Giant, among the stars of Aquarius, is in the southern sky before sunrise. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/19/2021-june-21-jupiter-retrogrades/
02:28
June 19, 2021
2021 – 2022, Venus – Mars Triple Conjunction
During 2021 into 2022, Venus passes Mars three times for a triple conjunction.  The first occurs on July 12, 2021.  The others occur during early 2022, followed by a close approach of the two planets. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/18/2021-2022-venus-mars-triple-conjunction/
07:01
June 18, 2021
2021, July 6: Venus – Saturn Opposition
July 6, 2021:  This is the second bright planet – planet opposition this month.  Venus and Saturn are in opposite directions from Earth.  Venus sets about the time that Saturn rises.  After this date, Venus and Saturn together are in the evening sky until early 2022. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/17/2021-july-6-venus-saturn-opposition/
01:30
June 17, 2021
2021, June 19: Evening Sky, Moon, Spica
June 19, 2021: The waxing moon appears with Spica in the southwestern sky during the early evening hours. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/16/2021-june-19-evening-sky-moon-spica/
01:10
June 16, 2021
2021, June 26 – June 30: Bright Moon, Morning Planets
June 26 – June 30, 2021:  The bright gibbous moon passes Jupiter and Saturn in the morning sky before sunrise.  Observe that the moon is in a different spot each morning, farther east toward the impending sunrise. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/15/2021-june-26-june-30-bright-moon-morning-planets/
02:22
June 15, 2021
2021, June 15: Moon, Sickle of Leo
June 15, 2021:  The moon is with the Sickle of Leo this evening.  Step outside about an hour after sunset to find the crescent moon that is about 30% illuminated over one-third of the way up in the west. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/14/2021-june-15-moon-sickle-of-leo/
02:35
June 14, 2021
2021, July 12: Venus – Mars Conjunction
July 12, 2021:  Venus – Mars conjunction evening.  Evening Star Venus passes 0.5° to the upper right of the Red Planet.  The crescent moon is nearby. This is the first of three conjunctions of Venus and Mars – a triple conjunction. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/13/2021-july-12-venus-mars-conjunction/
03:60
June 13, 2021
2021, July 1, Saturn – Mars Opposition
July 1, 2021:  Saturn and Mars are in opposite directions in the sky.  Mars sets as Saturn rises. In about a week, the two planets are visible in the sky at the same time.  This event signals that the planet parade is starting to reorganize. During July, three other planet – planet oppositions occur, leading up to a challenging view of the five bright planets during mid-August. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/12/2021-july-1-saturn-mars-opposition/
03:35
June 12, 2021
2021, June 13: Moon Passes Mars
June 13, 2021:  After sunset, look for the thin crescent moon near Mars.  The lunar sliver is also to the upper left of the star Pollux. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/11/2021-june-13-moon-passes-mars/
01:43
June 11, 2021
2021, June 11: Venus – Moon Conjunction
June 11, 2021:  During the early evening brilliant Evening Star Venus and the crescent moon appear together in the west-northwest after sunset.  The pairing is the second closest during this appearance of Venus in the evening sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/10/2021-june-11-venus-moon-conjunction/
01:38
June 10, 2021
2021, June 23-30: Evening Star Venus, Mars
June 23 – 30, 2021:  Venus is quickly catching Mars in the western sky after sun.  Venus passes the Red Planet next month. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/09/2021-june-23-30-evening-star-venus-mars/
02:07
June 9, 2021
2021, August 12: Morning Perseid Meteor Peak
The Perseid meteor shower peaks on the morning of August 12. This year promises favorable observing without the moon in the sky during the shower. The meteors are the dust from comet that vaporize when they strike the atmosphere. Sirius may be visible in the southeast about 45 minutes before sunrise. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/08/2021-august-12-morning-perseid-meteor-peak/
04:16
June 8, 2021
2021, June 16, Sidewalk Solar System
June 16, 2021:  A summer project is to build a sidewalk solar system model. The scale uses the sun’s size as the size of a basketball.  Earth’s distance is 88 feet. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/07/2021-june-16-sidewalk-solar-system/
01:55
June 8, 2021
2021: June 20 – 23: Scorpion, Moon
June 20 – June 23, 2021:  The bright moon appears near the classic Scorpion.  On the first two evenings, the lunar orb appears near the pincers and on the next two, it’s near the scorpion’s heart. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/06/2021-june-20-23-scorpion-moon/
03:55
June 8, 2021
2021, June 15-22: Evening Star Venus, Mars
June 15 – June 22, 2021:  Brilliant Evening Star Venus shines in the west-northwest after sunset.  It continues to close the distance to Mars.  Venus shines from Gemini, beneath Castor and Pollux.  Mars marches eastward in Cancer, approaching the Beehive star cluster. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/05/2021-june-15-22-evening-star-venus-mars/
02:59
June 5, 2021
2021, June 18 – 19: Moon in Virgo
June 18 – 19, 2021:  The waxing moon is moving through Virgo.  On June 18, it is near Porrima.  The next evening, the moon is above Spica. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/04/2021-june-18-19-moon-in-virgo/
03:26
June 4, 2021
2021, June 15: Pleiades Morning Return
June 15, 2021:  The Pleiades star cluster returns to the morning sky.  You may have observed the star cluster in the east-northeast during morning twilight. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/03/15-june-2021-pleiades-morning-return/
01:23
June 3, 2021
2021, June 23: Mars in the Beehive
June 23, 2021:  Red Planet Mars appears to be in the Beehive this evening.  For clarity, it’s in the Beehive star cluster.  While low in the sky and in an unfavorable observing location, take a look with a binocular before the planet and the cluster set. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/02/2021-june-23-mars-in-the-beehive/
02:48
June 2, 2021
2021, June 20: Summer Solstice
June 20, 2021:  The sun reaches the summer solstice mark in the sky, to signal the beginning of astronomical summer in the northern hemisphere. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/06/01/2021-june-20-summer-solstice/
02:17
June 1, 2021
2021, June 17: Morning Planets
June 17, 2021:  At mid-month, bright Jupiter and Saturn are in the southern sky before sunrise.  Saturn is retrograding in Capricornus.  Jupiter’s eastward direction is slowing as it turns westward to retrograde beginning June 21. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/05/31/2021-june-17-morning-planets/
02:40
May 31, 2021
2021: June 15-17: Moon Passes Leo
June 15 – June 17, 2021:  The evening waxing moon passes Leo the Lion.  On June 15, the moon is near Regulus and Eta Leonis.  The next evening, June 16, the lunar orb is between Regulus and Denebola.  On June 17, the moon is beneath Denebola. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/05/30/2021-june-15-17-moon-passes-leo/
03:06
May 30, 2021
2021, Mid-June: Morning Winged Horse
Mid-June, 2021:  As morning twilight begins – quite early this time of year – the great winged horse is in the south-southeast.  The Great Square of Pegasus is made of moderately bright stars.  The horse’s neck and head extend toward the south.  A star cluster is off the tip of the horse’s nose. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/05/29/2021-mid-june-morning-winged-horse/
02:25
May 29, 2021
2021, August 18: Challenging View, Five Planets, Moon
August 18, 2021: During bright twilight, five planets and the moon are in the sky simultaneously after sunset.  This is a challenging observation made with the assistance of a binocular or spotting scope.  Mercury and Mars are at their closest in the west, with brilliant Venus to the upper left.  The moon, Saturn, and Jupiter are in the southeastern sky. The Mercury – Mars conjunction is the closest until 2032. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/05/28/2021-august-18-challenging-view-five-planets-moon/
03:50
May 28, 2021
2021, June 10: Annular Eclipse
June 10, 2021: From Eastern Canada to Eastern Russia, the moon incompletely blocks the sun.  A ring of sunlight is visible around the new moon, making an annular or ring eclipse.  From New England, a partial eclipse is visible as the sun rises.  The maximum eclipse visible from US locations is less than 80%. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/05/27/2021-june-10-annular-eclipse/
02:43
May 27, 2021
2021, June 11 – 14, Crescent Moon, Evening Planets
June 11 – 14, 2021:  After the solar eclipse, the crescent moon returns to the western sky after sunset appearing with Evening Star Venus on June 11.  Each evening the crescent waxes and appears higher in the sky.  The crescent is near Mars on June 13. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/05/27/2021-june-11-14-crescent-moon-evening-planets/
03:55
May 27, 2021
2021, June 5: Early June Morning Planets
2021, June:  With a crescent moon in the eastern sky, bright Jupiter and Saturn are in the southern sky.  Saturn is retrograding in Capricornus, while Jupiter begins to slow its eastward progress in Aquarius. This episode is