A new Comet Lovejoy, C/2014 Q2, is heading our way. It may brighten to 5th magnitude from late December through much of January as it climbs into excellent viewing position for the Northern Hemisphere, high in the dark winter sky.
Thousands of telescopes are given and received as gifts during the holidays. But once you've assembled your new treasure, then what? The editors of Sky & Telescope magazine point the way.
The Geminids, a meteor shower sparked by dust and debris shed from a small asteroid, peaks this weekend.
The annual Geminid meteor shower, one of the best shooting-star displays each year, returns to our skies late this week. Despite interference from moonlight, plenty of bright meteors should still shine through.
Our monthly podcast offers the key highlights for stargazing in December: where to find bright stars and planets — and how to spot the Geminid meteor shower.
Watch an asteroid approach a star and block its light, all in a fraction of a second.
Often ignored in off years, why not treat yourself to the Leonids this month, a shower famed for fireballs and smoke trails.
A mythic drama plays out in the stars above on November evenings. Taking center stage, almost directly overhead at nightfall, is Cassiopeia, the Queen.
Mercury moves fast around the Sun and changes location in the sky quickly. But you can spot it before sunrise in early November. Here's the info you'll need!
Readers share their experiences of the October 23, 2014 partial solar eclipse.
Find everything you need to enjoy today's partial solar eclipse — where to go, what you'll see, weather forecasts, and just in case, an online backup plan.
Most of us are familiar with the Seven Sisters, but have you met their brothers? Learn how to find more Pleiades than first meet the eye.
A gigantic sunspot group, rotating into view on October 17th, has grown to nearly the size of Jupiter and could trigger potent solar storms in the days ahead.
Find out where you can watch the partial solar eclipse taking place on October 23, 2014.
Just about everyone has heard of Halley's Comet, and each year in mid-October we get to witness a "shooting stars" spawned by this celebrated object.
Viewers in western North American are positioned perfectly to view the partial solar eclipse on the afternoon of October 23, 2104.
Watch the International Space Station as it passes into the shadow of the Earth, and learn what other features to keep an eye out for (such as the "water dump").
Reports describing this morning's lunar eclipse are beginning to trickle in to our offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
You'll need to be up after midnight to watch the Moon plunge deep into Earth's shadow tomorrow morning — but it'll be worth it. Sometimes astronomical events occur in prime time — soon after it gets dark yet before bedtime. But that won't be the case tomorrow morning when, for the second time this year,...
October is pleasant for nighttime observing because evenings are cool and come early. Use our downloadable stargazing podcast to find the month's highlights.
Start your day with an eclipse of the full Moon! On the morning of October 8, 2014, a total lunar eclipse will be visible across most of North America.
Learn exactly how and when to expect the next display of the northern lights with a few easy-to-use online tools.
Astronomically speaking, the fall season comes to the Northern Hemisphere on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 02:29 UTC (Monday, September 22 at 10:29 p.m. EDT). At that moment, the Sun passes over the Earth’s equator heading south; this event is called the autumnal equinox.
On Wednesday, a powerful X-class flare ripped through the Sun's lower atmosphere and sent a blast wave directly toward Earth that should arrive Friday and produce moderate-to-strong auroras over the weekend.
Get acquainted with SS Cygni, the sky's brightest cataclysmic variable star. It's guaranteed to keep you on your toes.