During 2008 I have found myself captivated by close groupings of the inner planets (Mercury and Venus) with other planets and the Moon. This is a fortunate thing because just about every month there is something to look forward to. The next few days will bring about this happy circumstance as Mercury makes an evening appearance swinging by Jupiter, and Venus grows in brilliance in the sunset sky as it moves through Capricorn. The diagram shows some beautiful configurations that you can see in the coming days. The Moon will be near Venus on the 30th and 31st, closing out 2008 high in the southwest after sunset.
In 2005 I began writing a column for the San Francisco Waldorf School newsletter called "The Urban Astronomer." I started this blog in 2007 as a place to archive my articles and to offer additional insights on the night sky - even if you live in a big city. In 2008 I became an occasional guest on the KFOG Morning Show, and more recently on KALW and KGO. Archived shows are posted on the blog. I conduct private star parties for special events and corporate events. Contact me for details.