Observing News & Current Celestial Events

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Comet Lovejoy on November 30th

Lovely Comet Lovejoy

Comet ISON has come and gone, but lovely Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) is still going strong. It is now at or near peak brightness, and well placed in the Northern Hemisphere's predawn sky.

19 hours post-perihelion.

Latest Updates on Comet ISON

Only a dim, fading, dispersing cloud of dust remains of the once grand Comet ISON. Nothing will be visible in the December dawns. Skilled electronic imagers and the Hubble Space Telescope may or may not detect the last trace when it enters a dark sky in mid-December.

Comet ISON on November 10, 2013

Comet ISON Comes to Life!

Veteran comet observer John Bortle reports that Comet ISON is undergoing a major outburst. It was six times brighter when he observed it this morning (November 14th) than on the previous morning.

Comet Lovejoy

The Other Great Morning Comet

While Comet ISON is brightening rapidly, Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) is far more impressive right now, and also much better placed in the sky. It's shown here passing Messier 44, the Beehive Cluster.

Totality above the clouds

November’s Hybrid Eclipse: First Reports

From high over the western Atlantic to the sandstorm-swept plains of northern Kenya, adventurous eclipse-chasers converged along the Moon’s ultra-narrow shadow on November 3rd to get fleeting views of the Sun’s blackened disk.

Ceres

A Timely Cover-up by Ceres

Before dawn on Friday, October 25th, observers along the East Coast have an opportunity to watch the large asteroid Ceres cover a faint star — an event that could aid the forthcoming arrival of NASA's Dawn spacecraft.

November 3rd's partial solar eclipse at sunrise

November 3rd’s Rare Solar Eclipse

Syzygially speaking, the year's big event is a "hybrid" solar eclipse with a path that zooms across the Atlantic Ocean and central Africa. Lucky viewers along the Eastern Seaboard can (carefully) view a partial solar eclipse at dawn.