An unexpectedly bright comet is crossing a well-known part of the sky.
The innermost planet makes a fine appearance in the eastern sky during the last two weeks of July.
On Sunday evening Comet LINEAR (C/2006 VZ13) passes within kissing distance of the great globular star cluster Messier 3.
The meteor rate is finally picking up after a multi-month drought.
August is the best month to view meteors from the Northern Hemisphere. And conditions are ideal this year, with activity peaking on the new-Moon night of SundayMonday, August 1213.
Catch the Moon in eclipse before sunrise on August 28th.
Tuesday morning's total lunar eclipse made for a stunningly dark, beautiful sight.
Missing totality makes an eclipse's partial phase all the more rewarding.
This month's podcast explores how there still plenty of summer's stars to view even as we transition to autumn.
For the second time this year, skywatchers the world over are celebrating Astronomy Day. If the sky is clear this weekend, you'll be treated to a bounty of late-summer stars and planets.
Fact: the "Summer Triangle" is easiest to see at this time of year. Learn all about it and lots more in our easy-on-the-ears guided tour of the October evening sky.
This evening, if you've got a good planetary imaging setup, see if you can rcord the shadows of Titania and Ariel as they drift across the cloud tops of Uranus.
The world's largest orbiting satellite is a snap to spot if you know where and when to look for it.
As of January 4th the comet, ever-enlarging and thinning, is still in naked-eye view but only if you have a fairly dark-sky site. Use binoculars to follow its next moves.
Finding Comet Holmes and other great sky sights is a snap if you download this podcast to your MP3 player and head outdoors after dark.
The Leonid meteor shower peaks on the morning of Sunday, November 18th.
On Nov. 14, 2007, a star in the constellation Puppis suddenly became visible in binoculars.
It may be dimming, but Comet Holmes is still unbelievably big and bright.
The Red Planet is now nearly as bright and appears nearly as big through a telescope as it will any time this year.
It's still there! With the Moon now gone from the early-eyening sky, Comet Holmes is the easiest-to-spot "deep sky object" after the Pleiades.
You'll have an easy time spotting Orion leaping up into the sky with dazzling Mars at his side if you download this podcast to your MP3 player and head outdoors after dark.
Mars now appears bigger through a telescope than it will again until 2016.
The best time to view the 2007 Geminid meteor shower from North America is the night of December 13–14, with good prospects the following night as well. In Asia, December 14–15 should be better, and in Europe, it’s a tossup between the two.
It's tricky deciding when to post an observing story on the Web.
Comet 8P/Tuttle is now near its peak. Although nowhere near Comet Holmes in total brightness, its light is concentrated in a much smaller area, making it considerably more prominent when viewed from typical suburban locations.