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.
The Geminids may be the best meteor shower of the year.
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.
Happy Thanksgiving! There are countless things to be thankful for in this great, bountiful nation.
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.
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.
A potentially bright comet will be visible in November and December.
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.
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.
If you missed the closest approach of Venus to Antares last night, do not despair. They will be very close together tonight.
The early evening sky with dazzling Venus continues to be very interesting.
Venus continues its dazzling show in the west after sunset.
Tonight is a good time to look at Capricornius the Sea Goat.
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.
Spica, the 16th brightest star in the sky, is in Virgo the Virgin, which is leaving our evening skies for a while.
The evening sky is free of the moon for the next week, making it a good time to look for Draco the Dragon.
The morning sky is gorgeous this time of year, giving us a glimpse of our coming winter evenings.
There is currently a waxing (growing larger) gibbous (more than half lit) moon, which will be full next Tuesday.
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.
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.