Ever wondered what it would be like to see the Earth from the Moon? Join Bob King as he explores this from the perspective of the Apollo 17 astronauts.
Curious about astronomy? No plans for Saturday? Well, you’re in luck! Saturday October 13 is Fall Astronomy Day and your local amateur astronomical community has all sorts of fun things in store for you.
Mars and Saturn are the two planets of the evening sky this week, the brightest points of light in the south. The Moon passes them both.
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.
Vega is the brightest star very high in the west after nightfall in early autumn. Arcturus, equally bright, is getting low in the west-northwest.
As the bright planets march westward, Uranus and Neptune become the fresh new faces of fall. And if you've never seen an ultra-thin lunar crescent, here's your chance.
The authors had the chance of a lifetime to see true dark skies when they joined the June 2018 cohort of the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP).
Download this month's astronomy podcast to get "when and where" guidance on finding bright planets, evening constellations, and meteors shed by Halley's Comet.
Friday, September 28 • Late this evening, spot the little Pleiades cluster to the upper left of the Moon, as shown at right. When we see the Pleiades climb the eastern sky in autumn, their tiny dipper pattern stands on its handle. Saturday, September 29 • There's roughly a two-hour window of darkness now…
Silence can sometimes be in short supply, but one sure place to find it is under a starry sky before the first blush of dawn. Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann erupts again!
Find information on observing Jupiter during its 2016 - 2017 apparition, including information on its moons and Great Red Spot transit predictions.
Mars, in southern Capricornus, fades from magnitude –1.5 to –1.3 this last week of September, still as bright as Sirius. It shines highest in the south soon after dark and sets around 2 a.m.
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.
The Moon hangs over Antares at nightfall on September 15th, as shown above. Far left of the Moon are Saturn, then Mars. To the Moon's lower right shines Jupiter.
Often passed over in favor of showier sights, the constellation of the Little Horse has charms of its own. Let's saddle up and go for a ride.
Scorpius lies down in the south-southwest as night arrives. Its brightest star, Antares, appears about midway between Jupiter in Libra and Saturn in Sagittarius.
The author shares his encounters with Mars at perihelic opposition over the course of his years as an amateur astronomer.
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?
As told in this month's astronomy podcast, Venus is disappearing in the west after sunset. So September offers you a final chance to see four bright planets at once.
As twilight fades, spot Venus very low in the west-southwest. Upper right of it on September 1st, by just 1.3° is Spica, a 1st-magnitude star but less than 1% as bright as Venus. Can you see Spica naked-eye through the twilight?
A dazzling day greeted S&T Observing Editor Diana Hannikainen when she attended the Stellafane Convention this past August, but it was the dome of night sky that truly sparkled.
Watch a binocular-bright comet leapfrog across Auriga in the next few weeks before a remarkable conjunction with the bright star cluster, M35.
Friday, August 24 • For yet another week, four bright planets await your view at once as twilight fades. From right to left, they are Venus very low in the west-southwest, Jupiter in the southwest (upper left of Venus), Saturn in the south a little higher than Jupiter, and bright Mars lower in the…
Four planets are great, but how about eight? You can see them all in a single night in the next couple weeks — if you play your cards right.
Lined up nearly vertically below the Moon August 18th are the stars marking the head of Scorpius. Lower left of the Moon is brighter Antares, an orange-red supergiant star. Farther left of the Moon are Saturn, then bright Mars.