Maybe this gift-giving season you got a shiny new telescope to call your own. Congratulations — you could be on your way to discovering many amazing far things in the night sky. Although most of them are so far and faint that just finding and detecting them is the challenge! Whether your new scope is…
Have you ever watched a Sirius-rise? Watch for Sirius to come up about two fists at arm's length below Orion's Belt, around 8 p.m. local time.
Try your hand at observing the handful of "shooting stars" delivered by this little-known annual meteor shower.
The Moon, just a day before full, occults Aldebaran Monday night for nearly everyone in North America. And watch for the Geminid meteor shower!
John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, dies at 95.
Friday and Saturday evenings, the thickening crescent Moon poses with bright Venus in the southwest at dusk. Wednesday marks the year's earliest sunset.
Before and during dawn Saturday morning, the thinning crescent Moon in the southeast is at the bottom of an arc that it now forms with Spica and Jupiter.
With the Moon gone from the evening sky, explore deep-sky sights in Lacerta. Or use only your eyes to see Andromeda Galaxy and the Perseus Double Cluster.
Saturn is falling ever farther away to the lower right of Venus at dusk. And in the coming weeks and months, watch Venus and Mars draw closer together.
Mars shines to the left or lower of the Moon early Saturday evening. On Tuesday, the Moon is in Aquarius - look to its left for Fomalhaut, the Autumn Star.
In twilight Friday evening, Saturn, Venus, and Antares form a nearly vertical, curving line low in the southwest. Watch the configuration change this week.
Saturn and Antares form a compact triangle with Venus, low in the southwest at dusk on Friday. The modest Orionid meteors continue before dawn Saturday.
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 full Moon rises around sunset on Saturday. Almost 20° to its left are the brightest stars of Aries. Like the Moon, faint Uranus is also at opposition.
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Jupiter and fainter Mercury have a close conjunction on Tuesday morning, October 11th. Look low due east about 45 minutes before your local sunrise time.
Amateur astronomy clubs, planetariums, science museums, and parks celebrate Astronomy Day twice a year.
A twilight challenge: About half an hour after your local sunset time, look for Venus very low in the west-southwest through the twilight.
The "W" of Cassiopeia stands high in the northeast after dark. In the southwest at dusk, Saturn and Antares continue to pull farther to the right of Mars.
Parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia will see a penumbral lunar eclipse Friday. Eclipse or no, look for the Great Square of Pegasus to the Moon's upper left.
First-quarter Moon shines over Mars Friday evening. The triangle of Mars, Saturn, and Antares, continues to lengthen as summer nears its end.
A Friday twilight challenge: Shortly after sunset, use binoculars to look for the super-thin crescent Moon near Jupiter and Venus just above the horizon.
Venus-Jupiter conjunction on Saturday: about 20 minutes after sunset, look above the western horizon, left of where the Sun went down. Bring binoculars.
Summer is on the decline, temperatures notwithstanding: when darkness falls, Cassiopeia has now risen as high in the northeast as the Big Dipper has sunk in the northwest.
As twilight fades for the rest of August, follow two planetary groupings happening at dusk in different parts of the sky.