For the southernmost US and similar latitudes, the earliest sunsets of the year are happening now. Your earliest sunset depends on your latitude, but always comes before the winter solstice.
Adrian Strand captured this photo on a beach in northwest England.
If the Earth and moon orbited on the same plane around the sun, we’d have a total solar eclipse – and a total lunar eclipse – every month. As it is, in 2020, there are 6 eclipses: 2 solar and 4 lunar.
There are many cycles in the heavens. An eclipse season describes one of the most interesting. When we’re in the midst of one, as we are now, an eclipse is inevitable.
View larger. http://www.universalmotorsnc.com/upl/2017/08/eclipse-solar-8-21-2017-Beverley-Sinclair-outside-Charleston-SC-sq.jpg| EarthSky community member Beverley Sinclair captured this beautiful view of a total solar eclipse outside Charleston, South Carolina on August 21, 2019 and wrote: "The skies were very cloudy leading up to totality but, miraculously, slowly cleared as totality approached. This photo shows the diamond ring and Bailey's beads." Thank you, Beverley!
China’s robotic Chang’e 5 will be the 1st sample-return from the moon since the 1970s. It launched successfully last week atop a Chinese Long March 5 rocket. Now it’s reported to have entered orbit around the moon.
Artist's concept of Chang'e 5 entering lunar orbit. It's China's 1st moon-sample-return mission and the 1st for the world at large since 1976. Image via China Lunar Exploration Project