Find some of the brightest and most spectacular constellations above the eastern horizon.
Look to the night sky for one of the best shows this weekend.
Photos of Pluto, dark skies for meteor showers, and total solar eclipses.
Our very bright moon will dim Taurus considerably, but it's still worth a look with binoculars.
Astronomers can give thanks for Tucson's dark skies.
Pisces the Fish is a challenge to catch in the night sky.
Cloudless skies should reveal good Leonid meteor shower early Tuesday.
Supergiant Betelgeuse is so big that if it was our sun, it would extend past Mars orbit.
Expo to draw thousands of amateur astronomers this weekend.
The partial eclipse next Thursday will be visible from much of the United States and Canada. Unfortunately, it will not be a total eclipse, which is much rarer and much more spectacular.
Fomalhaut is the 18th brightest star in the sky.
This year's lunar eclipses are the first of four consecutive total lunar eclipses.
Mars sits just above and to the right of Antares this evening.
Fall arrives next week, and Mars is moving eastward.
Look for Capricornius Sunday, Mars on Monday.
A harvest moon is the full moon nearest to the autumnal equinox.
Mercury is reasonably bright, but difficult to see so close to the sun.
Sagittarius is supposed to look like a centaur, but that's not really accurate.
Venus and Jupiter heading for a planetary conjunction.
Meteor show should get better and better early Wednesday.
Cygnus the Swan is also known as the Northern Cross.
Mars is moving out of evening skies, but remains a beautiful sight.
If you can spell Zubenelgenubi you have arrived as an amateur astronomer.
Ophiuchus has reasonably bright stars and contains many delightful objects to view
Even though it has been hot and has felt like summer for weeks, it officially begins this Saturday at 3:51 a.m.
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.
Tonight look at the first-quarter moon in the southwestern sky.
Three times a year, I write about meteor showers — in August, November, and December for the Perseids, Leonids and Geminids, respectively.
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…
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.
Tonight is a good time to look in the east for Bootes the Herdsman, which resembles a slightly squished pentagon of stars.
It is fully dark by 8:30 p.m., and now is a good time to enjoy the constellation of Virgo the Virgin.
Passover began Monday at sunset, and Easter is Sunday.
On Tuesday there will be a spectacular total eclipse of the moon. That’s the good news.
Tonight the crescent moon will be in Taurus the Bull.
The days are growing longer. The sun sets tonight at 6:40 p.m. and astronomical twilight ends at 8:03 p.m.
While the moon dims our evening sky for much of the next week, the morning sky offers great viewing.
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.
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…
The moon does not rise until 11:50 p.m. tonight, giving us several hours of dark sky in the early evening.
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.
A first-quarter moon is quite bright and worth enjoying for its beauty alone.
Now is one of the best times of the year to enjoy the majesty of Orion the Hunter at a convenient hour.
The moon is always beautiful. On its journey around the sky every month, it often comes close to interesting heavenly bodies.
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.
“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.
The moon sets early the next few evenings giving us time to enjoy the rising winter constellations.
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.
The winter solstice is at 10:11 a.m. Saturday. That very moment is the official beginning of winter.