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Moon and Saturn, May 31, 2024

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 24 – June 2

The Big Dipper twists around fast near the zenith, Arcturus almost claims the zenith, the Coma Star Cluster not far away can't quite hide, and T Cor Bor simmers ominously dim.

Aldebaran about to be occulted by the waning gibbous Moon in daylight, Oct. 2, 2015

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 17 – 26

This week the Moon occults Beta Virginis, then Antares. The last star of the Summer Triangle finally rises before bedtime. On the other side of the sky, the Arch of Spring sinks low.

Aurora prequel

Celestial News & Events

Severe Geogmagnetic Storm Has Arrived! Auroral Blast Expected Friday Night

A severe geomagnetic storm has just hit Earth — which means we could see auroras tonight! Here's what you'll need to know.

Moon, Capella, and Beta Tauri at dusk, May 10, 2024

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 10 – 19

The waxing Moon this week travels eastward from the horns of Taurus past the heads of Gemini, the Beehive in Cancer, then the forefoot of Leo on its way to occulting Beta Virginis.

Comet C/2023 A3 early May

Explore the Night with Bob King

Comet Tsuchinshan-ATLAS Brightens, Grows a Tail

Are you excited about Comet Tsuchinshan-ATLAS's prospects for a bright appearance this autumn? Guess what? It's already gorgeous.

Waning Moon passing Saturn and Mars in the dawn, May 4-5, 2024

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 3 – 12

This week in the moonless dark, the Summer Triangle appears over the eastern treetops star by star. Leo walks down toward the west. And the Sombrero Galaxy positions itself ideally on the south meridian for your telescope.

Eta Aquariids from Australia

Explore the Night with Bob King

Ready the Hot Cocoa and Recliner — Here Comes the Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower!

You might be tempted to sleep through this annual shower but then you'd miss seeing some of the fastest meteors around. Not to mention their parent is the most famous comet of all.

Mars and Saturn low in the dawn around April 27, 2024

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 26 – May 5

All the planets now huddle around our line of sight toward the Sun. However, these moonless evenings present us the Spring Triangle, the Great Diamond with a sugar sprinkle on its edge, and the Pointers aligned vertically.

Moon meets Spica as Corvus watches, April 22, 2024

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 19 – 28

Springtime Leo walks high in the south, springtime Hydra snakes a quarter of the way around the celestial sphere, and the bright Moon aligns with Spica.

Jupiter Uranus 12P comet

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Jupiter Meets Uranus in Twilight; Supernova Erupts in Nearby Spiral Galaxy

Jupiter aligns with distant Uranus before it exits the evening sky as a bright supernova flares in the southern galaxy NGC 3621.

Mars and Saturn very low in the dawn, April 13, 2024

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 12 – 21

Jupiter is easy to spot, shining low in the west at nightfall. Near it are Uranus and Comet Pons-Brooks, tougher catches that require binoculars or a wide-field telescope — and some finding skills.

Astronomy and Society

The Totality Experience: S&T’s Eclipse Stories

With Sky & Telescope’s editors and writers scattered across the eclipse path, we have dozens of stories to share. Here are a few.

Total Solar Eclipse Madras, Oregon

Celestial News & Events

11 Things to Take With You the Day of the Solar Eclipse

You might have your eclipse-viewing plans all worked out, but have you thought about all the other things you might need?

Crescent Moon passing Jupiter and Pleiades at dusk, April 10-11, 2024

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 5 – 14

Venus and Jupiter may shine through the blue sky during the April 8th solar eclipse even if the eclipse for you is only deep partial. After dark, Orion walks down in the southwest.

Diamond Ring

Celestial News & Events

Where to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse Online

Watch the total solar eclipse — alongside interviews with scientists and astronauts — with these livestreams.

Pleiades over Jupiter in twilight, April 5, 2024

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 29 – April 7

What? You say you're bored? The evening sky is moonless, the two Dog Stars align vertically, the Big Dipper dumps into the Little Dipper, and the Springs of the Gazelle cross the zenith.

Total Solar Eclipse Australia 2023

Celestial News & Events

Apps to Help You See the Solar Eclipse

For the April 8th eclipse, mobile apps offer everything from weather forecasts to local circumstances. Here's a review of eclipse apps that you might find useful on the big day.

Little Rock, AR April 8 all-sky view

Explore the Night with Bob King

What Will We See in the Sky During Totality?

Most of our time will be focused on Sun during the minutes of totality on April 8th, but consider tearing yourself away for a few seconds to put it all in context.

Eclipses

Partial: The Solar Eclipse for the Rest of Us

Whether the Sun will become a dented ball or an eerie crescent of fire, a celestial shadow show awaits you practically everywhere in North and Central America.

Jupiter and Mercury in evening twilight, late March 2024

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 22 – 31

The full Moon will go through a penumbral eclipse. Comet Pons-Brooks nears its best showing in early evening. And as Mercury fades in the sunset, Jupiter becomes the only easy planet in the entire sky.

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