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.

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.

Stellar Fingerprints

Spectral Types For Spring Nights

Hidden within the subtle hues of the stars are the keys to their temperatures and compositions. Get acquainted with the classic OBAFGKM spectral sequence through real stars you can see on a spring night.