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Ring Nebula

Explore the Night with Bob King

Evenings with the Ring Nebula

Everyone loves this cosmic donut. Like Saturn, the Ring Nebula is a must-see for beginners and seasoned amateurs alike. Whether you're just cutting your deep-sky teeth or attempting to see its central star — one of visual astronomy's Holy Grails — the Ring has it all.

Moon near Jupiter and Saturn on June 8-9, 2020

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

June 2020: Stars of Early Summer

Our 10-minute Sky Tour astronomy podcast guides you to planets, stars, and constellations in the early-summer sky in a casual, engaging way that your whole family can enjoy.

Celestial Objects to Observe

Globular Clusters Await: Hello, Messier 3!

Globular cluster season is here. Time to get out your charts, binoculars, and telescopes and enjoy these wondrous objects.

Deep Sky

See Spring's Finest Spiral Galaxies

On Earth we find spirals in sunflowers and snails, but to see it expressed in something as enormous as a galaxy transforms this familiar pattern into something truly grand. That's what I feel when I point my scope at the Whirlpool Galaxy and see its billions of suns arranged in the whorls of a spiral. Grandeur.

Celestial Objects to Observe

See the Phases of Venus

If you have a set of binoculars or a telescope, watch for Venus’s thinning crescent over the next couple weeks.

All-season Triangle

Night Sky Sights

This May, Find the Star Pattern That Spans All Seasons

Widen your view to see the All-Season Triangle asterism, whose stars span the year.

Celestial News & Events

Comet SWAN Expected to Put on a Splendid Show

Comet SWAN will grace northern skies in the days to come.

Labeled Big Dipper

Learning About the Sky

The Big Dipper: Hop to Spring's Sky Sights

The Big Dipper is one of the most familiar sights in the Northern Hemisphere’s night skies. You can use its stars to locate other fun targets.

Venus & Mercury on May 21 2020

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

May 2020: Venus & Mercury at Dusk

Would you like to learn your way around the night sky in just 10 minutes? This month's Sky Tour astronomy podcast helps you to navigate all across the late-spring sky like a stargazing veteran. No experience or equipment needed!

Asteroids

Chase a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid As It Flies by Earth

Break out your binoculars or a small telescope, we've got a busy week ahead! Watch as a bright asteroid approaches Earth, the Moon steals a star, and Comet ATLAS's last hurrah.

Big Dipper, stars labeled

Night Sky Sights

Meet Dubhe, Giant of the Big Dipper

Of the seven stars in the Big Dipper, Dubhe is an outlier. Its color, speed across the sky, and evolutionary age set it apart from its comrades.

Bob King blog post

Celestial Objects to Observe

Shadow-casting with Venus

Venus has a been powerful presence at dusk for months — bright enough to cast shadows. How would you like to put it to the test? The Moon won't spoil the darkness until at least April 24th — April 25th if you wait till after moonset — making it the perfect time to see your own shadow by the light of another celestial body.

Night Sky Sights

A Farewell to Orion

As winter transitions into spring, the mighty hunter is gradually slipping into evening twilight as new constellations rise in the east.

Sky Tour podcast: Moon and planets at dawn April 2020

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

April 2020: Planets Aplenty

This month's Sky Tour astronomy podcast highlights how Venus flirts with the Pleiades star cluster after sunset, then leads you to views of Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars together in the predawn sky.

Canis Major

Night Sky Sights

A Bino Tour of the Big Dog

For observers looking for a quick outing with binoculars, Canis Major offers a set of lovely attractions that includes a trio of open clusters.

Explore the Night with Bob King

Deep-sky Observing the Easy Way

Cold weather keeping you inside at night? Limit your time outdoors and make the most of your telescope time with these easy-to-find deep-sky gems.

Gibbous Moon

Night Sky Sights

Diving Into the Moon's Bay of Rainbows

This curious lunar feature — visible the nights of March 4th and April 2nd — is a delight in small scopes or even binoculars.

Pleiades

Night Sky Sights

Meet the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters

The Pleiades are actually a star cluster of thousands of stars enshrouded in dust and gas, and they're easy to find if you know where to look.

M35 in Gemini

Deep Sky

Explore the Winter Hexagon Tonight

This expansive region is home to plenty of bright stars and deep-sky wonders.

Night Sky Sights

Winter’s High Moon

A nearly full Moon offers plenty to see and ponder.

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