Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy: Venus goes through a phase and Comet SWAN "isn't very bright"

May 19, 2020

Venus reflects on the calm surface of a lake north of Duluth, Minn. during evening twilight on May 15.
Credit Bob King. Used with permission.

Venus's upcoming conjunction with the sun means it will be backlit to a fare-thee-well in the next few weeks, but after that, it changes things up and decides to try out life as a morning star for a while.

Meanwhile, Mercury is ascending, Bob King calls Comet SWAN "not very bright," if you want to track the International Space Station across the sky, there's an app for that, and "The spring appearance of this starry sash (the summer-time Milky Way) will make you shiver in your shoes for wonder."

You can find more on these stories at Bob's blog, Astro Bob.