After gradually draw closer for weeks, Venus and Jupiter culminate their celestial dance with a dramatically close pairing — just 1⁄3° apart — in the western sky after sunset on Tuesday, June 30th.
Each night during late June the two brightest planets are gliding closer together in the early evening sky. They're joined by a crescent Moon on June 19–20 and culminate with an ultra-close pairing on June 30th.
Before sunrise on Saturday, April 4th, the Moon skims just inside Earth's deepest shadow during a total eclipse that last only about 12 minutes. Circumstances favor locations in western North America and across the Pacific.
On February 21st, Venus and Mars, Earth's two closest planetary neighbors, will pair tightly in the evening sky.
With a small telescope and good sky charts, you can watch a sizable near-Earth asteroid glide among the stars on the night of January 26–27.
An icy visitor from the solar system's outer fringe is gliding into view in the evening sky.
If it’s clear this weekend, late on the nights of December 13th and 14th, keep a lookout high overhead for the "shooting stars" of the Geminid meteor shower.
Two weeks after seeing a total lunar eclipse in the wee hours of October 8th, skywatchers across North America get to witness (weather permitting) a partial solar eclipse on October 23rd.
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For the second time this year, North Americans will have an opportunity to see a total lunar eclipse. But you'll need to be a night owl or early riser: the full Moon passes through the dark inner part of Earth's shadow well after midnight.
If you rise before dawn on Monday, August 18th, you'll be rewarded with the sight of the closest planet pairing of the year — and not just any planets, but the two brightest ones: Venus and Jupiter.
The Perseid meteor shower, an annual celestial event beloved by millions of skywatchers around the world, is returning to the night sky for 2014 But this year it will compete with bright moonlight for visibility.
Skywatchers across North America are hoping for clear skies after midnight on Saturday morning, May 24th, when a new meteor shower could deliver hundreds of "shooting stars" per hour.
Night-owls and early risers across North America can watch the full Moon go through a total eclipse in the early hours of Tuesday, April 15th.
This month the Red Planet appears brighter and bigger in the evening sky than it has since December 2007.
Bright Regulus will disappear behind a faint asteroid for several seconds very late next Wednesday night for skywatchers in the New York City region and points north.
The annual Geminid meteor shower, one of the best shooting-star displays each year, returns to our skies late this week.
Comet ISON is brightening fast just days from its fateful hairpin swing on November 28th around the broiling surface of the Sun
Tiny, greenish white, and harder to see every day, Comet ISON is descending toward the sunrise horizon and its November 28th perihelion.
The Sun will rise on November 3rd with a big bite missing from its lower half for viewers from Florida to Labrador.
Soon after sunset on September 8th, look in that direction to see a dramatic sight: a pretty crescent Moon paired closely with dazzling Venus, the "Evening Star."
The Perseid meteor shower, an annual celestial event beloved by millions of skywatchers around the world, returns to the night sky this week.
Last Wednesday a white-dwarf star erupted in the constellation Delphinus, producing the brightest nova since 2007. It's currently shining at magnitude 4.9.
Comet ISON has been imaged low in the dawn at only 14th magnitude. This suggests a modest showing late this year for the supposed "comet of the century."
In late May 2013, Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury swirl through the tightest naked-eye planet trio the world will see until 2026. The show continues into June.