A slender Moon is an beautiful and inspiring sight. December and January offer several opportunities to see these exceptional crescents.
The parent asteroid of next month's Geminid meteor shower, 3200 Phaethon, is about to make a historically close flyby. Get ready to watch it race across the sky.
This November, point your binoculars towards the Silver Coin Galaxy — NGC 253, also known as the Sculptor Galaxy, is one of the brightest galaxies to spot.
These three important, prototypical variable stars will hold your attention for nights on end: Delta Cephei, Mira, and Algol.
With exoplanet Ross 128b in the news, we pay a visit to the star that sustains this potentially habitable exoplanet.
Pisces, that sprawling constellation of faint stars easy to ignore, holds a treasure trove of double stars for small telescopes.
The Moon occults two 1st-magnitude stars for much of North America just six days apart. The first event happens mostly in early-evening darkness, the second in broad daylight — an extra challenge for the adventurous.
Using binoculars, find these four clusters that will fit comfortably in the same field of view — observe part of the structure of the galaxy made visible.
The joys of observing variable stars are predictably wonderful. Learn about these inconstant stars which are consistently delightful.
An extraordinary encounter with the stars: the most peacefully (yet still stirringly) wondrous is the sight of a clear, dark sky filled with stars.
Some lunar impacts have characteristics that make them neither "simple" nor "complex." Think of them as the “young adults” of the Moon’s crater population.
R Aquarii may look like a normal pulsing red giant — but it has a lot more going on around it. Its next episode of weirdness may begin soon...
Be sure to set the alarm so you don't miss the squeaky-tight conjunction of Venus and Mars Thursday morning. They'll stay close through the weekend.
Can you spot September's Binocular Highlight from Mathew Wedel — spiral galaxy NGC 7331? Grab your binoculars and find a nice dark sky spot.
Dozens of satellites are busy day and night, beaming your favorite TV and radio programs from more than 35,000 miles away. Here's how to tune into them.
When do the Sun and Moon rise and set? When does twilight end and begin? Which planets are up? Start your night of observing with our Astronomical Almanac.
Learn the phase of the Moon tonight, the day you were born, or on any historical date.
Messier 17 (M17) has at least five proper names — Omega Nebula, Horseshoe Nebula, Checkmark Nebula, Swan Nebula, and the Lobster Nebula. Why so many?
Point your telescope towards these doubles — true gems of the late-summer sky. You don’t even need dark skies or a big telescope to admire them!
Use our interactive observing tool to say which of the planet's four largest moons is which.
Calculate when the Great Red Spot will cross Jupiter's central meridian — that's the best time to see the famous storm through your telescope.
Find information on observing Jupiter during its 2016 - 2017 apparition, including information on its moons and Great Red Spot transit predictions.
Take the observing challenge: Find as many as five of the brightest moons of Uranus in a large backyard telescope using our interactive observing tool.
Triton, Neptune's largest moon, is a tricky find. Our Triton Tracker observing tool can help users of moderate to large telescopes spot this distant moon.