Three zero-magnitude stars shine after dark in May: Arcturus high in the southeast, Vega much lower in the northeast, and Capella in the northwest.
Another binocular comet? You better believe it. Comet Johnson takes center stage at nightfall this month and next.
Friday, May 5 • Above the Moon tonight is Leo's tail star, Denebola (by about a fist at arm's length). Far to the Moon's lower left at dusk is bright Jupiter, with Spica farther on, as shown here. Saturday, May 6 • The Moon tonight forms a gently curving arc with, to its lower…
Listen to May's astronomy podcast to learn why stargazers think of the Big Dipper as the "Swiss Army Knife" of the late-spring northern sky.
Jupiter, among the stars of Virgo, shines brightly in the southeast at dusk this week. It's highest in the south by 11 or midnight daylight saving time.
Pollen's no friend of the allergy-prone, but there's an upside to your itchy eyes — weird and colorful coronas around the Moon and Sun.
A cosmic rabbit hole in the tail of Leo will take you to Abell 1367, a wonderland of galaxies more than 300 million light-years from Earth. Step in and lose yourself in the vastness.
As August 21st's awesome solar eclipse draws nearer, it's a great time to get valuable basic tips on how to photograph this spectacle — even with your smartphone — from Fred Espenak, a.k.a. "Mr. Eclipse," during S&T's live webinar on Tuesday, April 25th.
Jupiter, in Virgo, shines like a beacon in the southeast at nightfall. It's highest in the south by 11 or midnight.
The annual Lyrid meteor shower will add some pop and sizzle to Saturday's pre-dawn sky. With little interference from the Moon, conditions are ideal for meteor watching.
Arcturus shines brightly in the east these evenings, to the left or upper left of even brighter Jupiter.
Get ready for 2014 JO25, the biggest asteroid to fly this close to Earth since 2004. Good news — even a 3-inch telescope will show it! Update: See below for a radar image and animation of 2014 JO25 captured by NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar on April 18, 2017. Every week, a handful of new Earth-approaching asteroids…
In addition to three comets now in binocular view, Jupiter is at its biggest and brightest. Also look for summer star Vega in the northeast soon after dark.
Dawn comet C/2015 ER61 PanSTARRS just underwent a bright outburst and is now an easy binocular object. Take a look before the Moon returns!
Astrophotographer John Goldsmith chronicles his travels during Comet Hale-Bopp's famous apparition 20 years ago. His images capture what ancients might have seen 4,200+ years before.
As you'll hear in this month's podcast, April is a time when it's easy to spot a lion, a sea serpent, and two bears in the evening sky.
Catch two comets through your binoculars, and watch the waxing crescent Moon approaching Aldebaran and the Hyades Friday evening.
It's easy to like Jupiter. No other planet offers such a bounty of amazing sights through the telescope, especially this week when it reaches opposition. On April 7th, the largest planet in the solar system will rise at sunset and shine all night. That's the date Jupiter lines up behind the Earth in opposition. The…
Terry Lovejoy's new comet has gone from faint to bright in just three weeks and is now a tempting binocular target at dawn.
Here are some tips on you, too, can see Sirius B, the "Pup" of the Dog Star, Sirius A.
A recently discovered supernova in Lupus now shines around magnitude +11.5, bright enough to see in a modest telescope. With photos and maps, we'll get you there. I wished I lived in Georgia and not just for the peach trees and warmer weather. No, I'd be able to get up early tomorrow morning to marvel at…
Look up at the stars tonight and see the Little Dipper "pour" into the Big Dipper. Telescope users may try for Jupiter's moon in eclipse and Comet 41P.
With Venus approaching inferior conjunction, don't miss the chance to see one of the thinnest Venus crescents of your life.
Find the dim constellation Cancer on the traditional divide between the winter and spring sky. Last quarter Moon falls on Monday, March 20th.
Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak begins its best showing of the year this week as it slingshots across the Big Dipper into circumpolar skies.