This month's full Moon will appear 16% larger in area than average. But can you tell just by looking at it? Maybe!
You won't want to miss the biggest, brightest full Moon in more than 68 years. Find out what makes this supermoon so special and how best to view it.
The gas giant is emerging in the glow of dawn sporting an tumultuous North Temperate Belt.
Mars is still hanging around, and Venus is climbing higher each evening. Download our monthly astronomy podcast to get more stargazing info.
On Friday, October 28th, the waning crescent Moon and brilliant Jupiter get together for an early morning conjunction.
A nova in Sagittarius, discovered a few nights ago by a Japanese amateur, has become bright enough to see in binoculars.
Keep your eye on the northern sky. Auroras are in the forecast for the next couple nights courtesy of a "hole" in the Sun's corona.
The annual Orionid meteor shower is active all week, peaking Friday morning October 21st. If you're up before dawn, you might just see these Halley's Comet castoffs come to life.
This eye-catching occultation occurs late on October 18th (West Coast) and early on the 19th (East Coast). It's a grazing event as seen from Los Angeles and Denver.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a strong chance of geomagnetic activity tonight, October 13–14.
Amateur astronomy clubs, planetariums, science museums, and parks celebrate Astronomy Day twice a year.
This month is your last chance to catch Saturn in the evening sky. But Mars is still hanging around, and Venus is climbing higher each evening.
The fall equinox (spring equinox for the Southern Hemisphere) comes on September 22, 2016, at 4:02 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (20:02 UT).
Skywatchers in the Eastern Hemisphere will see tonight's full moon skirt through Earth's dusky outer shadow.
Early evening features Mars and Saturn toward south, but keep an eye out for brilliant Venus climbing up from the west during twilight.
The Sun's second coverup of the year will be an annular solar eclipse whose path crosses south-central Africa and northern Madagascar on September 1st.
It's still a full year away, but next year's coast-to-coast solar eclipse is already a big deal with astronomers worldwide.
As twilight fades for the rest of August, follow two planetary groupings happening at dusk in different parts of the sky.
Many observers who had a dark, starry sky late last night (Aug. 11-12, 2016) were rewarded with an especially rich Perseid meteor shower. And it's probably not over yet.
Make a connection to a time when stars were used to track seasons and predict natural events by watching the heliacal rising of Sirius.
After the Moon sets on August 11–12, the Perseid meteor shower could be unusually rich.
An otherwise faint and distant periodic comet underwent a bright outburst at the end of last month. Now it's visible in amateur telescopes at nightfall.
Download or play Sky & Telescope's astronomy podcast, and you'll get a guided tour of the night sky. In early evening look for Mars and Saturn embedded in Scorpius toward south, and key an eye out for Perseid meteors.
The meteors are coming! Three annual meteor showers are already active and guaranteed to spark up your summer nights.
Now you see 'em, now you don't. Watch the Moon occult Neptune and nearby Lambda Aquarii on the same night.