Have you ever noticed that when there’s a solar or lunar eclipse, an eclipse of the other variety comes two weeks before or after?
Step outside around 9:30 p.m. local daylight time on Tuesday (July 24), and in a single glance, you’ll be able to drink in a “parade” of bright planets.
A solar eclipse is scheduled for Friday the 13th, but most skywatchers will be out of luck without doing a bit of traveling.
Beginning in early June and continuing into July and August, those who look skyward toward the east-southeast during the evening hours will almost certainly notice a brilliant orange-red “star” shining with a steady light.
Let’s face it.
If there is one thing that has bothered me over my 50-some years as an amateur astronomer, it is the way that most astronomy books give the impression that the planet Mercury is very difficult, if not almost impossible to see.