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On Monday, the Moon will edge closer to Earth than it's been since 1948. Full Moon occurs less than 3 hours later.
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It's still a full year away, but huge throngs will be watching coast-to-coast when the Moon's shadow slides across the U.S.
After sunset, Mars and Saturn join the star Antares in the southwest — while Venus and Jupiter create a dramatically "double star" low in the west.
Sky & Telescope magazine predicts that this year's Perseid meteor shower will peak on the night of August 11–12 and, despite some moonlight, might be much better than usual.
Mars shines low in the southeast at nightfall, closer to Earth than it has been since November 2005. A Sky & Telescope press release.
Use a telescope to spot Mercury's silhouette crossing the Sun's disk on May 9th for the first time since 2006. View it live using S&T's exclusive webcast.
A nearby comet is moving into view for Northern Hemisphere skywatchers. Despite bright moonlight nearby, you can try to spot it with binoculars and Sky & Telescope's exclusive finder chart.
During the next two weeks, for the first time in 11 years, you can see all of the naked-eye planets — from Mercury to Saturn — together in the predawn sky.
If it’s clear this coming Sunday and Monday nights, keep a lookout high overhead for the "shooting stars" of the Geminid meteor shower.
A total lunar eclipse occurs in prime time for U.S. skywatchers on Sunday night, September 27th. Sky & Telescope is providing a professionally produced, HD webcast of the entire event.
Everything's lining up beautifully for the last total eclipse of the Moon until 2018. Make your plans for Sunday evening (Sept. 27, 2015).
Sky & Telescope magazine predicts that the Perseid shower will be at its peak late on Wednesday night (late on August 12th and early morning on the 13th).
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.
Peter Tyson, formerly Editor in Chief of NOVA Online, has been appointed Editor in Chief of Sky & Telescope, with responsibility for the brand’s print, digital, and video products.
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.