Skywatch: Early Morning Treat

You say you’re an early riser? Then you’re in for a treat this weekend! The moon, Venus and Jupiter (2nd, 3rd, and 4th brightest objects in our sky) will all be in very close proximity an hour before sunrise. Also look for the red giant, Aldebaran shining brightly in the middle of it all.

Learn more:

This Weeks Sky at a Glance – SkyandTelescope.com.

Skywatch: Pairing of Jupiter and Waning Crescent Moon

A very thin waning crescent moon will appear immediately to the left of Jupiter on Sunday morning. Be sure to be up early and look low on the eastern horizon to see it. Brightly shining Venus will appear even lower, closer to the horizon.

Learn more: This Week’s Sky at a Glance – SkyandTelescope.com.

Skywatch: Two Stellar Events

Two events will occur at the beginning of June that will be a treat for any avid sky watcher. First there will be a partial lunar eclipse on the morning of June 4th. The eclipse will begin around 6:00 a.m. EDT and will be at peak an hour later at 7:04 a.m. June’s full moon is called the strawberry moon in Native American lore, as it is a reminder that the berries are ripe and ready for harvest.

The second event is the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun. The last transit was in 2004 but it won’t happen again until 2117. The transit will begin at approximately 6:03 p.m. EDT and continue into the next day. Unfortunately East Coast observers won’t be able to watch the entire event since it begins late in the day and the sun sets a little over two hours later (have no fear, NASA has a live webcast planned for the entire event).

Below are my sources and resources for both events. Have fun and remember to NEVER look directly at the Sun without proper equipment!

Lunar Eclipse

Transit of Venus

Related: How to Observe Safely Sun

Image Credit – 2004 Transit of Venus via Wikipedia