The Great American Eclipse may be over, but there are some exciting places around the globe getting ready for their own dances with darkness.
The Milky Way runs from Sagittarius in the south, up and left across Aquila and the Summer Triangle very high in the east, and down through Cassiopeia to Perseus low in the north-northeast.
Total eclipses have the power to touch us deeply and reverberate through our life in unexpected ways.
Totality watchers get the best show, but a far greater number of people will be in partial eclipse territory. Here's how to make the most of it.
If you can't resist taking pictures of the solar eclipse with your smartphone, read this first for tips to ensure quality pictures.
A total eclipse of the Sun is a spectacular sight. With a little preparation and advance planning, you can capture your own souvenir portrait of this awe-inspiring sight.
A total solar eclipse offers the most spectacular of jewels, the diamond ring, as the Moon blocks all but a small part of the Sun's brilliance.
The Perseid meteor shower should be at its maximum late Friday and Saturday nights, August 11-12 and 12-13.
We've gathered some of the best pictures of past solar eclipses, total and partial, from our online photo gallery to serve as inspiration for your eclipse photography
For those photographing the August 21st eclipse, Fred Espenak shares his eclipse photography checklist.
The upcoming total solar eclipse is understandably getting a lot of attention, but don't overlook the trusty Perseids. They'll be getting things warmed up Saturday night.
Learn how to make a travel-friendly solar projection viewer for your telescope — just in time for the eclipse! Each summer I have the privilege to run the Student Telescope Making Program at the Table Mountain Star Party (TMSP). Over the course of a few hours, students assemble telescopes and use them that night out…
Saturn glows in the south at nightfall. Fiery Antares, less bright, twinkles 13° to Saturn's lower right.
Wondering what you'll see during the total solar eclipse on August 21st? Use our all-sky maps to figure it out! If you’ve never seen a total solar eclipse before, you might be wondering what to expect before and after the moment of totality. We’ve already published a detailed timeline to help you prepare for the…
Two weeks before the much-awaited solar eclipse, the Moon clips Earth's umbra to create a partial lunar eclipse visible from the Eastern Hemisphere.
Sometimes it's better to start big and go small. Let the space station be your first step into the wider world of satellite watchin
Look for these astronomical and Earthbound phenomena during the total solar eclipse on August 21st.
Due to alarming reports of potentially unsafe eclipse viewers as eclipse day approaches, the American Astronomical Society has revised its safety advice.
There's more to look for this month than the solar eclipse. As you'll discover in August's astronomy podcast, Jupiter and Saturn are easy to spot in the evening sky.
What to do if you're caught without optics on eclipse day. Low-tech eclipse viewing options from pinhole to binocular projection.
After a slog through this spring's wet and cloudy weather, it was a relief to hit the clear skies of summer. Most of my observing happens from my backyard, of course, but I always have one eye on my calendar, counting down the days to when I can start packing for my first summer star party.…
Warm nights and dark skies this summer are ideal for enjoying these classic beauties.
The Sagittarius Teapot is in the south after darkness is complete.
Between the discovery of the new comet ASASSN1 and two stellar explosions, there's a lot happening in the sky this week. Take your telescope out and see what all the excitement's about.
Starry Scorpius is sometimes called "the Orion of Summer" for its brightness and its prominent red supergiant (Antares in the case of Scorpius, Betelgeuse for Orion). Catch Scorpius due south just after dark now. It's full of deep-sky objects for binoculars or a telescope