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When the Curves Line Up

When the Curves Line Up

By Jeffrey L Hunt
Watching the Sun, Moon and Planets
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2022, January 4: Earth at Perihelion

When the Curves Line Up

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When the Curves Line Up

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2022, February 23: Morning Planets, Moon, Evening Letter
February 23, 2022: Brilliant Morning Star Venus and Mars are in the south before sunup, while the moon is in the south.  The bright stars of winter make a letter in the night sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, February 23: Morning Planets, Moon, Evening Letter
03:33
January 16, 2022
2022, February 22: Moon Covers Star, Evening Little Dog
February 22, 2022: The moon covers Zubenelgenubi before sunrise.  Venus and Mars are in the southeast before sunup.  Canis Minor is in the southern sky during early evening hours. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, February 22: Moon Covers Star, Evening Little Dog
04:44
January 15, 2022
2022, February 21: Morning Planet Ballet, Evening Dog
February 21, 2022: Venus and Mars dance in the southeastern sky before sunrise.  The bright moon is near Spica.  During the evening the Dog Star is in the southern sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, February 21: Morning Planet Ballet, Evening Dog
04:04
January 14, 2022
2022, February 20: Morning Planetary Footrace, Evening Hunter
February 20, 2022:  Mornin2022, February 20: Morning Planetary Footrace, Evening Hunter g Star Venus, Mars, and the gibbous moon are in the morning sky.  Orion shines from the southern sky during the early evening hours. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, February 20: Morning Planetary Footrace, Evening Hunter
05:22
January 14, 2022
2022, February 19: Morning Planet Dance, Evening Twins
February 19, 2022:  Venus and Mars continue their planet dance in the morning sky, while the gibbous moon is in the west-southwest.  Gemini is in the east-southeast after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, February 19: Morning Planet Dance, Evening Twins
03:38
January 12, 2022
2022, February 18: Morning Moon, Planets, Evening Bull
February 18, 2022:  Morning Star Venus and Mars are in the southeast before sunrise.  The moon is in the western sky.  Taurus is high in the south during the early evening. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, February 18: Morning Moon, Planets, Evening Bull
06:21
January 12, 2022
2022, February 17: Morning Planets, Moon, Evening Charioteer
February 17, 2022:  Venus and Mars are in the morning, as Mercury departs.  The moon is in the western morning sky.  Jupiter leaves the evening sky.  Auriga is nearly overhead. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, February 17: Morning Planets, Moon, Evening Charioteer
03:47
January 10, 2022
2022, February 16:  Venus – Mars Conjunction
February 16, 2022: The second Venus – Mars conjunction of a triple conjunction occurs this morning.  Mercury is at greatest elongation.  The nearly-full moon is in the west-northwest before sunrise. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, February 16:  Venus – Mars Conjunction
03:09
January 10, 2022
2022, February 15: Mars on Final Approach
February 15, 2022: Mars nears a conjunction with Venus, the second of a triple conjunction.  Jupiter is disappearing from the evening sky.  The bright evening moon is near Leo. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, February 15: Mars on Final Approach
04:23
January 08, 2022
2022, February 14: Venus at Greatest Brilliancy
February 14: 2022:  Venus is at its greatest brilliancy this morning.  It is joined by Mercury and Mars.  Jupiter slips in the evening sky.  A bright evening moon. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, February 14: Venus at Greatest Brilliancy
04:53
January 07, 2022
2022, February 13:  Venus Earlier Riser
February 13, 2022: This morning Venus reaches its largest rising time interval before sunup.  Mars and Mercury are in the southeastern sky with the brilliant Morning Star.  Jupiter is the lone bright planet in the evening sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, February 13:  Venus Earlier Riser
02:23
January 06, 2022
2022, February 12: Morning Planet Dance, Bright Evening Moon
February 12, 2022:  Venus, Mercury, and Mars dance in the morning sky.  Jupiter slips into evening twilight.  The moon is in Gemini. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, February 12: Morning Planet Dance, Bright Evening Moon 
03:28
January 05, 2022
2022, February 11: Bright Planets, Kick the Moon
February 11, 2022: Venus, Mercury, and Mars are in the southeast before sunrise.  Jupiter is in the west-southwest after sundown.  The moon looks like it’s being kicked by Castor. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, February 11: Bright Planets, Kick the Moon
03:29
January 04, 2022
2022:  Evening Sky
The Evening Sky, 2022:  The evening sky has planetary activity at the beginning of the year.  Mercury makes its best evening appearance during April.  The moon makes its monthly appearance with bright stars along the ecliptic. See five planets at year’s end. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022:  Evening Sky
03:10
January 03, 2022
2022, February 10: Equal Daylight, Darkness, Four Bright Planets
February 10, 2022: Daylight and Darkness are equal today.  Brilliant Venus, Mercury, and Mars are in the southeast before sunup.  Jupiter and the bright moon are in the evening sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, February 10: Equal Daylight, Darkness, Four Bright Planets
03:28
January 02, 2022
2022, February 9: Moon with Taurus, Bright Planets
February 9, 2022: After sunset, the gibbous moon, Aldebaran, and the Hyades snugly fit into a binocular field.  Jupiter is low in the west-southwest.  Before sunup, brilliant Venus, Mercury, and Mars are in the southeast. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, February 9: Moon with Taurus, Bright Planets
04:02
January 01, 2022
2022, February 8: Morning Planet Bunch
February 8, 2022: Three planets – Venus, Mercury, and Mars – are in the southeastern sky before sunrise.  As night falls, Jupiter is low in the west-southwest.  The moon is near the Pleiades star cluster. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, February 8: Morning Planet Bunch
03:38
December 31, 2021
2022, February 7: Planetary Alignments, Evening Moon
February 7, 2022:  Venus, Mercury, and Mars shine in the southeast before sunup.  Jupiter is low in the west-southwest and the moon is high in the sky after sundown. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, February 7: Planetary Alignments, Evening Moon
03:31
December 30, 2021
2022, February 4:  Saturn at Conjunction
February 4, 2022:  The sun is between Saturn and Earth today.  This is Saturn’s conjunction.  The language of sky watching. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, February 4:  Saturn at Conjunction
02:36
December 29, 2021
2022, February 3:  Winter’s Midpoint
February 3, 2021:  Winter’s midpoint occurs this evening at 9:46 p.m. CDT. Groundhog Day is near the midway point of the season. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, February 3:  Winter’s Midpoint  
01:33
December 28, 2021
2022, February 2-9:  Mercury’s Morning Planet Dance
February 2-9, 2022:  Mercury joins Venus and Mars as morning planets in the southeast before sunrise.  Mars moves in for its conjunction with Venus. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, February 2-9:  Mercury’s Morning Planet Dance  
02:13
December 27, 2021
2022, January 30:  Morning Star Venus’ Retrograde Ends
January 30, 2022:  Morning Star Venus’ retrograde in the east-southeast before sunrise.  Venus joins Mars in the morning sky.  Jupiter is the lone bright planet in the evening sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, January 30:  Morning Star Venus’ Retrograde Ends 
02:34
December 26, 2021
2022, February 5:  Morning Star Venus Brightest
February 5, 2022:  Venus begins its interval of greatest brightness in the morning sky, with Mercury and Mars nearby.  Jupiter and the crescent moon are in the evening sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: 2022, February 5:  Morning Star Venus Brightest 
03:32
December 25, 2021
2022, February 2:  Mars passes Teapot, Evening Moon and Jupiter
February 2, 2022: Mars passes the top of the Teapot of Sagittarius before sunrise.  After sundown, the crescent moon appears with Jupiter in the west-southwest. Venus and Mercury are in the morning sky with the Red Planet. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/24/2022-february-mars-passes-teapot-evening-moon-and-jupiter/
03:47
December 24, 2021
2022, January 18: Saturn’s Disappearing Act
January 18, 2022: Saturn slowly leaves the evening sky.  Bright Jupiter oversees the act from higher in the southwest.  In the morning, Venus, Mars, and the moon brighten the predawn sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/23/2022-january-18-saturns-disappearing-act/
03:35
December 23, 2021
2022, January 29: Venus, Mars, Lunar Crescent
January 29, 2022:  Morning Star Venus, Mars, and the lunar crescent are loosely grouped together in the southeastern sky before sunrise.  Mercury is slowly entering the morning sky.  Bright Jupiter is lone bright planet in the evening sky, setting about two hours after sundown. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/22/2022-january-29-venus-mars-lunar-crescent/
02:42
December 22, 2021
2022, January 17: Four Bright Planets
January 17, 2022:  Morning Star Venus joins Mars in the southeastern sky before sunrise.  Bright Jupiter and Saturn are in the southwest during the evening’s early hours.  Look for the moon near the star Pollux. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/21/2022-january-17-four-bright-planets/
02:24
December 21, 2021
2022, January 16: Goodbye, Mercury!
January 16, 2022:  Mercury is leaving the evening sky, followed by Saturn.  Bright Jupiter is in the southwest after sundown.  Venus and Mars are in the southeast before sunup. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/20/2022-january-16-goodbye-mercury/
02:44
December 20, 2021
2022, January 15:  Saturn, Mercury Slow Fade
January 15, 2022: Saturn and Mercury are slowly fading into bright twilight.  Jupiter stands in the southwest after sunset.  The bright moon is farther eastward.  Morning Star Venus is beginning to appear with Mars before sunrise. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/19/2022-january-15-saturn-mercury-slow-fade/
03:05
December 19, 2021
2022, January 14: Hello, Venus!
January 14, 2022: Brilliant Morning Star Venus is emerging from bright twilight to appear in the eastern sky before sunrise.  Mars is visible earlier during twilight.  Three bright planets – Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury – and the moon are in the early evening sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/18/2022-january-14-hello-venus/
03:25
December 18, 2021
2022, January 19-22: Moon with Leo
2022, January 19-22:  The bright moon appears near the stars of Leo. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/17/2022-january-19-22-moon-with-leo/
01:60
December 17, 2021
2022: Morning Star Venus: The Morning Planets
2022: The morning sky is full of planet activity. Morning Star Venus passes Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. Look eastward for the dance of planets before sunrise during the year. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/16/2022-morning-star-venus-the-morning-planets/
04:36
December 16, 2021
2022:  Venus as a Morning Star
During 2022, Morning Star Venus puts on a magnificent dance with Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the moon in eastern sky before sunrise. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/15/2022-venus-as-a-morning-star/
04:28
December 15, 2021
2022, January 15-17:  Twin Moon
January 15-17, 2022:  The bright evening moon appears in front of the stars of Gemini. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/14/2022-january-15-17-twin-moon/
01:37
December 14, 2021
2022, January 13:  Mercury, Saturn Remain Close
January 13, 2022:  Mercury and Saturn are still close to their near-conjunction point.  The gap between them is a little wider this evening.  Jupiter is the “bright star” in the southwest, to the upper left of Saturn after sundown.  The evening moon is in front of Taurus.  In the morning, Mars continues its slow climb into the morning sky, while Venus is zipping through pre-dawn twilight. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/13/2022-january-13-mercury-saturn-remain-close/
02:44
December 13, 2021
2022, January 12:  Mercury – Saturn Near Conjunction
January 12, 2022:  Mercury moves to 3.4° to Saturn.  This quasi-conjunction, or near conjunction, of the two planets is visible in southwest about 45 minutes after sunset.  Jupiter is to Saturn’s upper left.  The bright moon is near the Pleiades.  Before sunrise, look for Mars low in the southeast.  Venus is becoming visible during bright twilight. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/12/2022-january-12-mercury-saturn-near-conjunction/
03:16
December 12, 2021
2022, January 28:  Sirius Rises at Sunset
January 28, 2022:  Within a few minutes, Sirius rises at sunset this evening.  About two hours after sundown, find it in the southeastern sky with the other bright stars of Winter. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/11/2022-january-28-sirius-rises-at-sunset/
03:31
December 11, 2021
2022, January 11-14: Gored Moon
January 11-14, 2022:  The moon moves from Aries into Taurus.  On January 12, the lunar orb is near the Pleiades.  It is near the Hyades on January 13.  The moon is between the Bull’s horns on the next evening. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/10/2022-january-11-14-gored-moon/
02:36
December 10, 2021
2022, January 8:  Venus at Inferior Conjunction
January 8, 2022: Venus passes between Earth and the sun – inferior conjunction – today.  Mars continues its slow climb into the morning sky.  Three bright planets – Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury – are in the southwest after sunset. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/09/2022-january-8-venus-at-inferior-conjunction/
03:32
December 09, 2021
2022, January 7:  Four Bright Planets, Venus Nears Inferior Conjunction
January 7, 2022:  Mars is visible before sunrise, while Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter – along with the crescent moon – are in the evening sky.  Venus is nearing inferior conjunction and an appearance in the morning sky. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/08/2022-january-7-four-bright-planets-venus-nears-inferior-conjunction/
02:60
December 08, 2021
2022, January 6: Mercury Nears Greatest Elongation
January 6, 2022:  Planet Mercury nears its evening greatest elongation.  It appears in the evening sky, with a crescent moon, Jupiter, and Saturn.  Venus sets soon after sundown.  Mars is in the southeast before sunup. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/07/2022-january-6-mercury-nears-greatest-elongation/
02:52
December 07, 2021
2022, January 5:  Jupiter – Evening Moon, Morning Mars
January 5, 2022: Jupiter and the crescent are 5.5° in the evening sky.  Look for Mercury and Saturn with the planet-moon duo.  Earlier, Venus is low in the west-southwest.  Before sunrise, Mars is near Antares. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/06/2022-january-5-jupiter-evening-moon-morning-mars/
03:10
December 06, 2021
2022, January 4: Earth at Perihelion
January 4, 2022:  Earth is at perihelion today – it’s closest point to the sun.  Mars is a morning planet, while the evening planet pack – Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter – and the crescent moon are in the southwest after sundown. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/05/2022-january-4-earth-at-perihelion/
03:28
December 05, 2021
2022, January 3: Venus – Moon Conjunction
January 3, 2022:  The moon passes Venus for the final time of this evening appearance of Venus.  As night falls, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter are visible in the southwest.  Mars is in the southeast before sunrise. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/04/2022-january-3-venus-moon-conjunction/
02:44
December 04, 2021
2021, December 30:  Sirius at Midnight
December 30, 2021:  As the year ends and the new one opens, the night sky’s brightest star – Sirius – is in the southern sky at the midnight hour. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/03/2021-december-30-sirius-at-midnight/
02:21
December 03, 2021
2021, December 31:  Mars – Moon Conjunction, Four Evening Planets
December 31, 2021: This morning before sunup, the thin waning crescent moon appears near Mars and the star Antares.  Four planets – Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter – are on parade in the southwest after sundown. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/02/2021-december-31-mars-moon-conjunction-four-evening-planets/
03:35
December 02, 2021
2021, December 30: Scorpion Morning Moon, Four Evening Planets
December 30, 2021:  The morning crescent moon seems to be captured in the Scorpion’s pincers to the upper right of Mars.  Four Evening Planets – Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter – are in the southwest after sundown. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://whenthecurveslineup.com/2021/12/01/2021-december-30-scorpion-morning-moon-four-evening-planets/
03:02
December 02, 2021
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 09, 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 08, 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 07, 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 06, 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 05, 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 04, 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 03, 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 03, 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 02, 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 09, 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 08, 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 07, 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 06, 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 05, 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 04, 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 04, 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 04, 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 01, 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 09, 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 08, 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 07, 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 06, 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 05, 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 05, 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 04, 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 03, 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 02, 2021