With opposition only weeks away, will the current global dust storm finally break? We look at the prospects.
The last and one of the most picturesque occultations of Aldebaran by the Moon happens on Tuesday morning, July 10. Catch it or wait 15 years for the next!
July's a busy month for skywatching. Not only are five bright planets in view, but three comets and a newly-discovered nova are also observable. And it all starts with a bang on Independence Day.
No telescope? No problem. Just use your eyeballs! On a dark summer night at least two dozen deep-sky objects can be seen without optical aid.
Saturn arrives at opposition on June 27th, very close to the time of full Moon.
Will Mars soon be hidden under a veil of dust? Let's hope not. We explore the current storm and the planet's upcoming close opposition.
If you like sunrises and sunsets, look for the green flash, a phenomenon that happens more often that you think.
The nearby Red Planet displays remarkable changes every apparition. As Mars approaches opposition, keep an eye out for some of these differences.
The Great Hercules Cluster is on everyone's observing list this summer. But there's lots more to see within a stone's throw of this grand object — like 20 galaxies!
Vesta, the brightest asteroid, puts on one of its best shows ever in June, when it shines enough to see without optical aid.
The annual International Space Station marathon is underway with multiple passes visible each night. Here are some fun and unique ways to see and share it.
Expand your observing plans by adding a few of these red-orange carbon stars.
In a rare move, a sleepy cataclysmic variable blows its top and suddenly becomes a nova.
Come along for a 7-night tour of some of the Moon's most compelling features visible in small telescopes.
The annual Lyrid meteor shower will shoot off silent fireworks on Earth Day this Sunday. We explore the shower's origin and how best to view and photograph it.
Here's an opportunity for amateur astronomers to reveal more about asteroid Amalthea's satellite.
Stare up at the Milky Way band on a dark night and you'll see missing pieces from clouds of foreground dust that absorb the light of distant stars. There are other mottled "milky ways" just like ours, millions of light-years away.
We lift the Lion's paw to find a bright, red variable star, a germinating planetary nebula, galaxies rarely visited, and a diversity of doubles.
Open clusters present a mystery. Some fall apart in a few hundred million years, others hang around for billions. Join me as we visit both the youngest and oldest star clusters in the Milky Way.
With this week's full Moon, the dazzling crater Tycho will be in full regalia. Time to catch some rays!
After a long drought, a bright planet emerges in the western sky. Welcome back, Venus!
Orion's Belt is a magnetic sight on February nights. Take the bait and revel in a bounty of double and multiple stars, nebulae, and more.
The launch of the Humanity Star has some fuming, others smiling, at the prospect of seeing a bright, new satellite. What do you think?
An unusual dawn total lunar eclipse presents special challenges and great photo opportunities. Here's what you need to know to make the most of it.
Mira, one of the easiest-to-observe pulsating variable stars, reaches peak brightness this month. Don't be shy, come look her in the eye.