Interactions between Earth and a pair of debris trails left by Comet Tempel-Tuttle may make for some interesting, albeit brief, Leonid meteor activity this year.
On Tuesday November 25th, Saturn and its ring system glide in front of an 8.3-magnitude star in Gemini, the second time Saturn has occulted a star in 10 days.
A large regional dust storm has enveloped several thousand square kilometers of the red planet and shows no signs of abating.
The immense sunspot group that on November 4th ejected the largest solar flare ever recorded has rotated around the Sun and is back for a second pass across the Earth-facing side of the solar disk.
Two large sunspot groups, currently disappearing around the western limb of the Sun, spawned another round of powerful flares. The result could be one more fine display of the aurora.
Less than one month after a localized dust storm appeared on the Martian surface, another dust cloud has spring up.
With a fat crescent Moon high in the sky during the predawn hours of the 21st, this is a so-so year for observing the annual Orionid meteor shower.
Most observers who witnessed the lunar eclipse of May 15th described totality as being darker than usual.
The comet has brightened considerably since its discovery in late 2002 and is now an easy binocular object in the constellation Andromeda.
Comet NEAT put on a fine show as it rounded the Sun. Now Southern Hemisphere observers wait for it to reappear in the west after sunset.
The comet passes through perihelion on January 29th. Although it will be impossible to observe, there's another way to follow its progress.
During the night of January 45, North American observers are well positioned to watch Saturn transit the face of M1, the Crab Nebula. But will the glare from the planet obscure the nebula?
A large sunspot complex will remain visible for several more days before disappearing around the Sun's limb.
Last weekend's close encounter between Earth and asteroid 2002 NY40 was seen by amateur astronomers worldwide.
More than 400 attendees have gathered at Exploration Place in Wichita, Kansas for the 16th International Planetarium Society meeting.
On April 4th Comet Ikeya-Zhang paid a visit to the Andromeda Galaxy's neighborhood. This pretty sight was observed and photographed by amateur astronomers worldwide. Observers report that the comet's brightness is holding steady at magnitude 3.5 or so. The tail extends some 4° or 5° from Ikeya-Zhang's coma. Until mid-April the comet will remain...