Meet Regulus, Little King of the Ecliptic
Meet Regulus A, dubbed "Little King" and "Heart of the Lion," among the 25 brightest stars in the sky. The star belongs to a complex system, including a close white dwarf companion that makes its ultimate fate uncertain.
Meet Betelgeuse, the Red Giant of Orion
Betelgeuse, the brilliant red star at the right shoulder of Orion, is a supergiant whose girth extends out to the orbit of Jupiter.
Seven Nights of Enticing Lunar Sights
Come along for a 7-night tour of some of the Moon's most compelling features visible in small telescopes.
Meet Polaris, the North Star
Meet the brightest stars near Earth. Next up: Polaris, the North Star, the star within a degree of the north celestial pole.
Meet Sirius, the Brightest Star
Meet the stars near Earth, starting with the brightest: Sirius, the "Dog Star."
See Pluto in 2015
It’s been a fantastic year for Pluto, and it’s only going to get more so. What better time to make your first (or second!) attempt at spotting the dwarf planet? Read on for a few tips to help you locate this dim object in the summer sky.
Uranus and Neptune in 2015
This article gives directions for finding Uranus and Neptune from June 2015 through March 2016.
Shadows on the Moon Make a Point
Fooled by shadow play into thinking lunar mountains were pointy pinnacles? Learn why we often see them that way.
How Many Pleiades Can YOU See?
Most of us are familiar with the Seven Sisters, but have you met their brothers? Learn how to find more Pleiades than first meet the eye.
Ceres and Vesta: July 2012 - April 2013
The two brightest asteroids are close to each other in late 2012 and early 2013. Moreover, they're traversing one of the most interesting areas in the night sky.
Ceres and Vesta in 2011
The two brightest asteroids are in fine view for binoculars or a telescope. Here are instructions and charts to find them.
Vesta in 2010
Vesta shines at magnitude 7 or brighter through mid-May 2010.
Finding Uranus and Neptune in 2006
Binoculars and our charts are all you need to spot these twin outer planets.
The Martian Moons in 2007–08
If you've never spied Mars's two satellites, Phobos and Deimos, the end of 2007 is your best chance for a long time. You'll need a big telescope — and you'll need to know exactly where to look.
Uranus and Neptune in 2005
From now to year's end, our finder charts will help you locate Uranus (in Aquarius), Neptune (in Capricornus), and Pluto (in Ophiuchus).