“The Moon will be New on February 11th, and it will be Full on February 27th. “
“Venus remains brilliant in the morning sky in Ophiucus. The Moon is near Venus on 11th January. In January Venus rises at 6.30 a.m., but disappears by the end of the month.”
” The winter solstice is on December 21st, also the date of a close conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.”
“The Moon will be Full on October 1st and October 31st (a ‘Blue Moon’, i.e. the second Full Moon this month), and it will be New on October 16th. “
“The Moon was Full on September 2nd, and it will be New on September 17th. “
This month there are spectacular encounters of the Moon with Mercury, Venus and prominent stars – see below – and over the course of the night all the planets are visible, though telescopes are needed for Uranus and Neptune.
“A small fleet of spacecraft is due to take off for Mars in July, including the NASA Mars 2020 rover ‘Perseverance’, and the first Mars missions from China and the United Arab Emirates. “
The Moon will be Full on June 5th, with a faint penumbral lunar eclipse, and it will be New on June 21st, on which there will be an annular solar eclipse, visible from central Africa, northern India and China.
The eta Aquarid meteor shower from Halley’s Comet peaks on 5th to 6th May, but moonlight will spoil it this year.
The Moon will be Full on April 8th, which will be a Supermoon, full at its closest to Earth, and the brightest Moon of the year.