Download our monthly astronomy podcast to track down Mercury in the evening sky. Then swing around to the east, to behold Orion, the mighty Hunter, climbing into the sk
Although relatively obscure, this modest display is the strongest meteor shower in late November. Moonless skies make them easier to pick ou
This year's display of Leonid meteors peaks on November 17th, but they'll be largely washed out thanks to strong interference from the Moon.
Much has been said and written about the Moon's proximity to Earth today. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
This month's full Moon will appear 16% larger in area than average. But can you tell just by looking at it? Maybe!
You won't want to miss the biggest, brightest full Moon in more than 68 years. Find out what makes this supermoon so special and how best to view it.
The gas giant is emerging in the glow of dawn sporting an tumultuous North Temperate Belt.
Mars is still hanging around, and Venus is climbing higher each evening. Download our monthly astronomy podcast to get more stargazing info.
On Friday, October 28th, the waning crescent Moon and brilliant Jupiter get together for an early morning conjunction.
A nova in Sagittarius, discovered a few nights ago by a Japanese amateur, has become bright enough to see in binoculars. Update: As of October 31st, the nova had been holding at about magnitude 8.0 for a week. It's temporarily designated TCP J18102829-2729590. This is not to be confused with another nova just above the…
Keep your eye on the northern sky. Auroras are in the forecast for the next couple nights courtesy of a "hole" in the Sun's corona. Update (October 25th): Since early this morning, a stronger than expected blast of solar wind has been ruffling Earth's magnetic field and stoking a strong geomagnetic storm. We're currently experiencing a G3 /…
The annual Orionid meteor shower is active all week, peaking Friday morning October 21st. If you're up before dawn, you might just see these Halley's Comet castoffs come to life.
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 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a strong chance of geomagnetic activity tonight, October 13–14.
Amateur astronomy clubs, planetariums, science museums, and parks celebrate Astronomy Day twice a year.
This month is your last chance to catch Saturn in the evening sky. But Mars is still hanging around, and Venus is climbing higher each evening.
The fall equinox (spring equinox for the Southern Hemisphere) comes on September 22, 2016, at 4:02 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (20:02 UT).
Skywatchers in the Eastern Hemisphere will see tonight's full moon skirt through Earth's dusky outer shadow.
Early evening features Mars and Saturn toward south, but keep an eye out for brilliant Venus climbing up from the west during twilight.
The Sun's second coverup of the year will be an annular solar eclipse whose path crosses south-central Africa and northern Madagascar on September 1st.
It's still a full year away, but next year's coast-to-coast solar eclipse is already a big deal with astronomers worldwide.
As twilight fades for the rest of August, follow two planetary groupings happening at dusk in different parts of the sky.
Many observers who had a dark, starry sky late last night (Aug. 11-12, 2016) were rewarded with an especially rich Perseid meteor shower. And it's probably not over yet.
Make a connection to a time when stars were used to track seasons and predict natural events by watching the heliacal rising of Sirius.
After the Moon sets on August 11–12, the Perseid meteor shower could be unusually rich.