Explore the Night with Bob King

Follow Bob King as he explores the mysteries awaiting us in the night sky. An amateur astronomer since childhood, long-time member of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO), and community educator, King posts every week on topics ranging from the near to the very far. Start aurora-watching, exoplanet-imagining, and peer deeper into the Pleiades than you ever have before.

King takes us on an adventure every week — all you’ll need to do is look up.

How Dark Is Your Night Sky?

Traditional and digital tools can help you learn the naked-eye magnitude limit of your sky and find out if the darkness has changed at your observing site.

Here Comes the Harvest Moon!

This month's Harvest Moon will be up early to light the night as well as act as a beacon for watching the annual fall bird migration through a small telescope.

Simply extraordinary

Explore the Veil Nebula

The Veil Nebula, the tattered remains of an ancient supernova explosion, is one of the most spectacular objects in the night sky. Did you know it has two dozen parts visible in amateur telescopes?

The Fun Begins at M22

Add a dash of random to your night sky viewing plans and you're guaranteed an adventure. We'll start ours with the famous globular M22 and see where it takes us.