Stargazing is always a great adventure any night of the year, but there are special shows I like to call “celestial happenings.” We have two of them this week in our Shamokin night skies.

The first one is happening this very weekend, courtesy of the planets Venus and Saturn. They’re in a tight celestial tango in the low southwest during evening twilight. Formally this is called a conjunction. No matter what you call it, you’ll love what you see! All this month, Saturn and Venus have been approaching each other, and this weekend Venus and Saturn are separated by less than a degree, the width of your forefinger held at arm’s length. On Sunday evening, they will be only a half degree apart, their tightest celestial hug. During the coming week, the two planets will gradually part company. Of course, Venus and Saturn are nowhere near each other physically, but they are certainly in the same line of sight.

Mike Lynch is an amateur astronomer and retired broadcast meteorologist for WCCO Radio in Minneapolis/St. Paul. He is the author of “Stars: a Month by Month Tour of the Constellations,” published by Adventure Publications and available at bookstores and Mike is available for private star parties. You can contact him at

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