skymanbob@aol.com Bob Berman

How Do Clouds Form?

Normally, our sky explorations involve the Moon and planets. But the practical effects on our lives come from very different sky components—the ones called clouds. And now that summer’s...

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Friday: So What Is This, Anyway?

On Friday, June 5, the Moon will pass through the edge of Earth’s shadow, resulting in a “penumbral eclipse.’” It’s one of four penumbral eclipses in 2020! Yep, a...

What Is a New Moon?

For astronomers, a new Moon means no Moon! For many cultures, however, the new Moon carries special meaning. Discover more about the new Moon. What Is...

What is Earthshine?

Ever noticed that you can sometimes see the part of the Moon that isn’t lit up?  That’s earthshine!  Historically, this is called “the new Moon in the old Moon’s arms.” Learn...

The Best Evening Star of Your Life

One way to have fun at home is simply to step outside and look to the heavens! Now and for the next month, you’ll see something extraordinary. Venus, also...