A slender Moon is an beautiful and inspiring sight. December and January offer several opportunities to see these exceptional crescents.
Mark the date: December 13th. That's the night the Geminid meteor shower peaks. Highlighted by the return of its parent asteroid 3200 Phaethon, this year's show promises to be one of the best ever.
As you'll hear in December's astronomy podcast, early risers are treated with views of Jupiter (obvious), Mars (not as easy), and Mercury (timing is everything!).
The parent asteroid of next month's Geminid meteor shower, 3200 Phaethon, is about to make a historically close flyby. Get ready to watch it race across the sky.
With exoplanet Ross 128b in the news, we pay a visit to the star that sustains this potentially habitable exoplanet.
Venus bids farewell at dawn, but not before a close encounter with returning Jupiter.
By watching a star’s disappearance, astronomers learned about the state of the ultrathin atmosphere of Triton, Neptune's largest moon.
Just discovered, Comet Heinze (C/2017 T) will zoom by Earth in January and may just show up in your binoculars.
The Moon occults two 1st-magnitude stars for much of North America just six days apart. The first event happens mostly in early-evening darkness, the second in broad daylight — an extra challenge for the adventurous.
As you'll hear in this month's astronomy podcast, Venus and Jupiter are putting on quite a show low in the east before dawn.
International Observe the Moon Night gathers people together to observe the Moon and to learn more about it. This year InOMN will be on Saturday, October 28th.
See what cosmic dust can do! Head outside this weekend for the peak of the Orionid meteor shower and an eyeful of zodiacal light.
What's your pleasure when it comes to observing? Comets? Supernovae? Occultations? Get a sample of each and more in the upcoming week.
Be sure to set the alarm so you don't miss the squeaky-tight conjunction of Venus and Mars Thursday morning. They'll stay close through the weekend.
Here’s an opportunity for amateurs to help improve our understanding of Neptune’s moon Triton.
Two big, naked-eye sunspot groups are putting on a splendid show this week. We're also in the crosshairs for a strong geomagnetic storm and possible auroras.
In September's astronomy podcast, you'll learn what's special about the ringed planet Saturn, now visible in the evening sky.
Florence, one of the largest Earth-approaching asteroids, gets close enough to see in a small telescope this week and next. Here's how to find it.
In addition to clogged roads and crowded hotels, the 2017 solar eclipse had another big effect on U.S. infrastructure: reduced solar power production.
With the eclipse just a few days away on Monday, now is the time to start taking stock of the weather forecast — and making decisions.
Enrich the eclipse experience — especially the long, partial phases — with solar eclipse activities for kids and families.
Updated 8/16 to include Predictive Science, Inc.'s predictions. The total solar eclipse is less than three weeks away, but researchers already have a good indication of how the Sun’s corona will look when it comes into view.
Total eclipses have the power to touch us deeply and reverberate through our life in unexpected ways.
Totality watchers get the best show, but a far greater number of people will be in partial eclipse territory. Here's how to make the most of it.
Want to know when the eclipse begins and ends in your hometown, or what's the quickest way to the path of totality? Looking for an eclipse countdown timer? There are eclipse apps for that!