Explore the Night with Bob King

Follow Bob King as he explores the mysteries awaiting us in the night sky. An amateur astronomer since childhood, long-time member of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO), and community educator, King posts every week on topics ranging from the near to the very far. Start aurora-watching, exoplanet-imagining, and peer deeper into the Pleiades than you ever have before.

King takes us on an adventure every week — all you’ll need to do is look up.

Quasar Footprint

Quasar CTA 102: Historically Bright, Violently Variable

The normally faint quasar CTA 102, once thought to harbor an advanced civilization and made famous in a 1967 song by the Byrds, is currently bright enough to see in an 8-inch telescope.  In the history of SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, there have been two great false alarms. The first occurred in 1963…

Three in a Row Show

Enjoy Orion in Shirtsleeves

Throw open the door and welcome back Orion at dawn. The Hunter's return brings relief from the heat and gives us a fresh shot at exploring untouched winter deep-sky objects in comfort.

Rich Cluster in a Rich Neighborhood

Midnight Meridian Morsels

Late June offers a grab bag of clusters and nebulae "lined up" at the midnight hour. Time your southern deep-sky viewing with meridian passage and you'll be a happy camper.