March 9, Conjunction of Venus and Uranus. So, for instance, it might tell you that in your current location, Jupiter will be visible in the dawn sky at 4:24am, rising to 20o above the southeastern horizon before fading from view as the sun rises at 6:56am. This guide walks you through everything from choosing good stargazing locations to figuring out your new telescope. Fresh from opposition on Oct. 31, Uranus will still appear slightly larger and brighter in telescopes during early November, especially in late evening, when it's 60 degrees high in the southern sky. As you can see, Neptune will be visible for much of 2020, though it will be brightest between. with the app in northern hemisphere mode) the winter (December) solstice is when the Earth is exactly at 12 o'clock from the Sun, the spring (March or Vernal) equinox is when the Earth is at 9 o'clock from the Sun, Summer (June) Solstice - it's at 6 o'clock and autumn (September or Autumnal) Equinox - it's at 3 o'clock from the Sun. There was a problem. If you're stuck in a city or suburban area, a building can be used to block ambient light (or moonlight) to help reveal fainter objects. If you have a telescope, challenge yourself to find not only the planet itself but also its details and features. In the southeastern sky after dusk on Wednesday, Nov. 25, the waxing gibbous moon will be located a generous fist diameter to the right (or 5 degrees to the celestial southwest) of reddish Mars. A blanket or lounge chair will prove much more comfortable than standing or sitting in a chair and craning your neck to see overhead. October 31, Uranus at Opposition: Uranus is so far away that you can’t see it well with the naked eye, and basic telescopes will struggle to show you much more than a tiny bluish-green dot. At its new phase, the moon is travelling between Earth and the sun. Brighter stars are magnitude 2 or 1. Venus can be as bright as magnitude minus 4.9. CONUS Full Disk Northern Rockies Upper Mississippi Valley Great Lakes Northeast Southern Rockies Southern Plains Southern Mississippi Valley Southeast U.S. East Coast Canada Northern Atlantic Ocean Caribbean Gulf of Mexico Puerto Rico Tropical Atlantic Ocean Eastern Pacific Ocean Mexico Central America South America (north) South America (south) The longest and shortest days occur at the Solstices. In any case, you should have a basic awareness of the phases of the Moon. February 10: greatest eastern elongation (view in western sky after sunset). The dimmest object visible in the night sky under perfectly dark conditions is about magnitude 6.5. This is the ideal opportunity to observe Jupiter, including details such as its cloud bands (viewable via telescope). In Southern California, the sun will rise at 5:52 a.m. Sunday. Where do you suppose you'll be in 204o? A pair of binoculars should help you see four of Jupiter’s moons. June 5-6, penumbral lunar eclipse: This eclipse will be visible in most of Europe and Asia and all of Australia and Africa. Venus shines brightly in the sky and can be stunning to observe. If you're in the suburbs, simply turning off outdoor lights can help. Look for Uranus on the following dates: One strategy for finding Uranus is to wait until it appears in conjunction with other, brighter planets. Unlike other online orreries in which you can look at the solar system from all angles, this site always shows the same view to try and help you keep your orientation. ♀The brilliant planet starts 2020 as the Evening Star, shining during and after evening twilight until late May. During November, Venus will rise a few hours before dawn and shine at an extremely bright magnitude -3.9 in the eastern sky until sunrise. During November, Saturn will diminish slightly in apparent size, and fade from magnitude 0.59 to 0.64. The circular, 155 mile (249 km) diameter feature is a large impact crater that was flooded by the same basalts that filled the much larger Mare Imbrium to its right (lunar east) — forming a rounded, handle-shape on the western edge of that mare. The Zodiac display is centred on the Earth and oriented with the tilt of the earth. Neptune will be in conjunction with Venus on January 27, with Mercury on April 3, and with Mars on June 12; the January 27 conjunction is best seen from the Northern Hemisphere, while the latter two conjunctions are both best seen from the Southern Hemisphere. Finally, a warning: Take care during your search for Mercury—due to its close proximity to the Sun, there’s a risk of accidentally looking directly at the Sun instead, which is dangerous and inadvisable. When is Jupiter visible in the morning sky, and when in the evening? If you’ve ever hoped to get crystal clear views (or photographs) of its rings, this is the night. You can see how it looked here! The planets today shows you where the planets are now as a live display - a free online orrery. The Zodiac is locked to the tilt of the earth in this way: Because the earth is tilted the Sun lies in the northern hemisphere for six months and then in the southern hemisphere for six months. This is just a sampler of the many exciting astronomical events that you can observe this year. This means that it is relatively bright and close to the Earth, as well as visible all night. It comes down to three big questions: What, when, and where. Its naked-eye brightness dims noticeably for about 10 hours once every 2 days, 20 hours, and 49 minutes because a dim companion star orbiting nearly edge-on to Earth crosses in front of the much brighter main star, reducing the total light output we receive. Mercury and Venus move the quickest and careful daily observation will reveal their passage against the brighter background stars. Pay attention to the dates of greatest elongation.