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Good time to look for Cygnus the Swan

Good time to look for Cygnus the Swan

Cygnus the Swan is also known as the Northern Cross.

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Mars, Spica near each other, display beautiful colors

Mars, Spica near each other, display beautiful colors

Mars is moving out of evening skies, but remains a beautiful sight.

July 09, 2014 9:45 pmLoading…
Enjoy fireworks Friday, watch the moon Saturday

Enjoy fireworks Friday, watch the moon Saturday

 If you can spell Zubenelgenubi you have arrived as an amateur astronomer.

July 03, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Snake holder Ophiuchus deserves respect tonight

Ophiuchus has reasonably bright stars and contains many delightful objects to view

June 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Sky Spy: Summer solstice is time to remember our forebears

Even though it has been hot and has felt like summer for weeks, it officially begins this Saturday at 3:51 a.m.

June 19, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Look for stars Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali (no spelling required)

Look south around 9 p.m. next week to see Scorpius standing straight up above the southeastern horizon. North of Scorpius and to its west (right) is the faint constellation Libra the Scales.

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Don't miss free celestial show: Watch the moon grow each night

Tonight look at the first-quarter moon in the southwestern sky.

June 05, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Try to find the moon and Mercury tonight

Ready for a challenge?

May 29, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Sky Spy: May meteor outburst possible late Friday night or early Saturday morning

Three times a year, I write about meteor showers — in August, November, and December for the Perseids, Leonids and Geminids, respectively.

May 22, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Corvus the crow takes flight at night

Corvus the Crow is a small constellation, but it has bright stars and is easy to recognize once found. A favorite of mine, Corvus mainly consists of four bright stars that form a top squished square. How it is supposed to resemble a crow is anybody’s guess, but it is an ancient constellation…

May 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Celebrate Astronomy Day on Saturday

Astronomy Day is Saturday. It is an annual event to introduce astronomy to the public by astronomy enthusiasts, mainly amateur astronomers and amateur astronomy clubs. Professional astronomers, planetariums, science centers, schools and universities also participate in Astronomy Day.

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Look for Bootes the Herdsman next to Arcturus

Tonight is a good time to look in the east for Bootes the Herdsman, which resembles a slightly squished pentagon of stars.

May 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Earlier dark skies mean now's the time to enjoy Virgo

It is fully dark by 8:30 p.m., and now is a good time to enjoy the constellation of Virgo the Virgin.

April 24, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Passover and Easter linked by moon and spring equinox

Passover began Monday at sunset, and Easter is Sunday.

April 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Spectacular total eclipse of the moon worth staying up past midnight

On Tuesday there will be a spectacular total eclipse of the moon. That’s the good news.

April 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Fiery-red Mars glows brightly on Tuesday

Tonight the crescent moon will be in Taurus the Bull.

April 03, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Zodiacal Light

The days are growing longer. The sun sets tonight at 6:40 p.m. and astronomical twilight ends at 8:03 p.m.

March 27, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Sky spy: Watch for Mercury and Venus

While the moon dims our evening sky for much of the next week, the morning sky offers great viewing.

March 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Grab a pair of binoculars to enjoy Hyades

Tonight look at the 6-day-old moon high in the western sky. At 7:30 p.m. it is nearly 60 degrees above the western horizon. The moon will be the right angle in a triangle formed by the Pleiades on its right and the “V” of Taurus the Bull above and to its left.

March 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Bright stars make Leo the celestial King of the Beasts

Look east at 8 p.m. to see majestic Leo the Lion well above the eastern horizon. If you consider Leo to be a lion resting on his stomach with his paws out in front, the head and chest of Leo face west and look like a backward “question mark” or sickle in the sky somewhat lying on its side. T…

February 27, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Use Orion to find Lepus the Hare and Columba the Dove

The moon does not rise until 11:50 p.m. tonight, giving us several hours of dark sky in the early evening.

February 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

View the night sky this Valentine's Day

Friday is Valentine’s Day, and I hope you enjoy it with a dear sweetheart. Remember the sky is free and always available for sharing with another.

February 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Take in the beauty of the moon at first quarter

A first-quarter moon is quite bright and worth enjoying for its beauty alone.

February 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Now's a great time to enjoy the majesty of Orion

Now is one of the best times of the year to enjoy the majesty of Orion the Hunter at a convenient hour.

January 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Watch the moon move through the morning sky

The moon is always beautiful. On its journey around the sky every month, it often comes close to interesting heavenly bodies.

January 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Sky Spy: Using angular distances aids hunt for interesting objects

The full moon dims the stars quite a bit, but it is beautiful in its own way and is a good pointer to nearby objects of interest.

January 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Venus: morning star, evening star

“Morning star” and “evening star” refer to any bright “star” in the eastern twilight sky before sunrise or in the western twilight sky after sunset.

January 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Enjoy the winter sky

The moon sets early the next few evenings giving us time to enjoy the rising winter constellations.

January 02, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

The Metonic Cycle

The moon is a waning (getting smaller) crescent. New moon, when the moon is positioned between the Earth and sun, will be New Year’s Day next Wednesday.

December 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Winter Solstice

The winter solstice is at 10:11 a.m. Saturday. That very moment is the official beginning of winter.

December 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Brilliant show coming to the skies

The Geminids may be the best meteor shower of the year.

December 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Ever-brilliant Venus at its brightest Friday evening

I call Venus ever‑brilliant because it is always truly brilliant whenever it is in our sky, whether in the evening after sunset or in the morning before sunrise.

December 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Giving thanks for Tucson's astronomy scene

Happy Thanksgiving! There are countless things to be thankful for in this great, bountiful nation.

November 27, 2013 5:30 pm Related Loading…

Mercury and Saturn

The evening sky is free from the moon for several days, allowing us to appreciate the beauty of Orion the Hunter as he rises in the east around sunset.

November 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sky Spy: Bright moon will dim Leonids this weekend

A bright moon will occupy most of the night sky for the next week or so. While the moon is beautiful and fun to observe, it can be an annoyance for astronomers who want a dark sky.

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Sky Spy: Dramatic Comet ISON should be visible

A potentially bright comet will be visible  in November and December.

November 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

It will be a dark and moonless Halloween night ...

Halloween is today and All Saints Day is Friday. Tonight the ghosts and goblins will be out and about, getting out of town before the arrival of the saints.

October 31, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Look for lonely Fomalhaut and the faint southern constellations

It is a good time to view one of amateur astronomer’s favorite stars — Fomalhaut. If you look directly south at 9 p.m., Fomalhaut will be nearly 30 degrees above the horizon.

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Use binoculars to catch Venus, Antares, effects of penumbral eclipse

If you missed the closest approach of Venus to Antares last night, do not despair. They will be very close together tonight.

October 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Venus, Antares put on an early show

The early evening sky with dazzling Venus continues to be very interesting.

October 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Venus, Moon, Saturn, Mercury; Pegasus

Venus continues its dazzling show in the west after sunset.

October 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Catch a glimpse of Capricornius; Zodiac

Tonight is a good time to look at Capricornius the Sea Goat.

September 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Autumnal Equinox Sunday; Harvent moon shines tonight

The autumnal equinox is the official start of autumn. At the exact time of the equinox, the sun crosses the celestial equator from the northern part of the sky to the southern part of the sky.

September 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Catch stellar lineups in the evening skies

Spica, the 16th brightest star in the sky, is in Virgo the Virgin, which is leaving our evening skies for a while.

September 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Hunt for Draco in dark night sky

The evening sky is free of the moon for the next week, making it a good time to look for Draco the Dragon.

August 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sky Spy: Coming: a stellar pre-dawn show

The morning sky is gorgeous this time of year, giving us a glimpse of our coming winter evenings.

August 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sky Spy: Let moon guide you to Antares re two lines

There is currently a waxing (growing larger) gibbous (more than half lit) moon, which will be full next Tuesday.

August 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sky Spy: Summer Milky Way aglow in dark sky

The evening sky after twilight is free of the moon for the next week. If the monsoon permits, now is a good time to enjoy the summer Milky Way, which is nearly overhead at 10 p.m.

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Sky Spy: Summer Triangle in view tonight

If you follow the moon tonight with binoculars or a small telescope as it rises above the mountains, I guarantee you will have a delightful time watching it slide past the distant mountain peaks.

July 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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