Early risers have been patiently waiting for the innermost planet to join four others — and the Moon — in the predawn sky. Now they're all in view.
There will be four eclipses in 2016. Highlights are a total solar eclipse on March 9th (visible from Indonesia) and an annular solar eclipse on September 1st (central Africa). But we'll see just two barely-there penumbral eclipses, on March 23rd and September 16th.
Over the next two weeks, for the first time in more than a decade, you can see all of the naked-eye planets — from Mercury to Saturn — together in the predawn sky.
The Quadrantid meteors, the year's least-observed major meteor shower, should be in plain sight when it peaks early on January 4th.
The first month of 2016 offers a close pairing of Venus and Saturn before dawn, a strong meteor shower, and a parade of bright stars after sunset.
Mercury is usually a shy and elusive catch for naked-eye skywatchers, but for the next few days it shows itself boldly if you look at the right time.
Sky & Telescope predicts that the two best meteor showers in 2016 will be the Quadrantids in early January and the Perseids in mid-August.
Thousands of telescopes are given and received as gifts during the holidays. But once you've assembled your new treasure, then what? Moon, stars, planets? The editors of Sky & Telescope magazine point the way.
The nights of December 13th and 14th offer dark nights for this popular under-appreciated meteor display.
Our current visitor from the Oort Cloud, rising into northern skies at last, can be glimpsed with binoculars low in the east before dawn. Spotting it will be especially easy on December 7th.
After taking us to Comet Catalina's doorstep, the Moon covers Venus in a spectacular daytime occultation visible from most of North and Central America on Monday, December 7, 2015.
This month offers great variety in the night sky: planets (and a comet!) before dawn, a strong meteor shower, and a parade of bright stars after sunset.
This year's Leonid meteor shower, which peaks tonight, will offer modest numbers of "shooting stars" — but might reward you with some dazzling fireballs.
Comet Catalina returns this month with naked-eye potential. Follow its every move with our guide and maps.
Big bits of Comet Encke are streaking into Earth's upper atmosphere and attracting attention around the world, as the Taurid fireball display of 2015 continues.
If you see a really bright autumn fireball, it might be a Taurid meteor — a fragment of Comet 2P/Encke.
Astronomers can't decide whether the sizable object known as 2015 TB145, which is cruising past Earth today, is a renegade asteroid or a dead comet.
Bright planets are putting on a show in the predawn sky, and evenings feature a mythical horse flying upside-down across the sky.
The recently discovered asteroid 2015 TB145 won't come especially close to Earth on October 31st, but it's big enough to be seen in medium-size backyard telescopes.
Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest planets, draw close together in the eastern sky before dawn, creating an ever more eye-catching spectacle for skywatchers. They're in conjunction October 25 and 26.
Now is the time to track the secret space plane X-37/B on its OTV-4 mission.
Watch for any slow, unusual meteors starting at nightfall tonight and tomorrow.
Aurora borealis possible October 7, 2015
Early risers will be treated to wonderful groupings of bright planets, and evening sky offers excellent stargazing as well.
After a late-night ramble through the Hyades cluster, the waning gibbous Moon will cover up the bright star Aldebaran for observers across North America Friday morning.