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Moon with Regulus and Algieba, Feb. 23, 2024

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, February 23 – March 3

The full Moon splits the Sickle, the dawn Moon occults Antares, carnivore constellations stand up in the east, and the zodiacal light is at its evening best.

Moon passing Pleiades and Aldebaran, Feb. 16-17, 2024

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, February 16 – 25

The Moon waxes from first quarter to full this week, traveling from the Pleiades past the not-quite-twin heads of Gemini to the Sickle of Leo. The Big Dipper and Cassiopeia stand in balance. Venus meets Mars low in the dawn.

Moon passing Pleiades and Aldebaran, Feb. 16-17, 2024

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, February 9 – 17

The first-quarter Moon passes the Pleiades, then Aldebaran. Cassiopeia stands on end. For the southern U.S., Canopus culminates far under Sirius.

Waning Moon passing through Scorpius, Feb. 4-6, 2024

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, February 2 – 11

Under Orion is the Hare, which you may know, and under the Hare is the Dove, which you may not. February the best month for both.

12P/Pons-Brooks with tail

Explore the Night with Bob King

The Best Comets to Look for in 2024

If you like chasing comets, here's a guide to the year's best and brightest.

Jupiter and Pleiades in early evening, early February 2024

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, January 26 – February 4

Orion anchors both the Winter Triangle and the Winter Hexagon. So does the Meat Cleaver in Canis Major. Jupiter regards them from high to their right.

Moon passing Leo and Regulus in the evening sky, Jan. 26-27, 2024

This Week's Sky At a Glance

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

Jupiter shines high, bright, and obvious after dusk. Mercury and Mars glimmer low, dim, and elusive for their close conjunction in the dawn.

Diamond ring sequence

Celestial News & Events

Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2024

Although no total lunar eclipses occur this year, skywatchers can look forward to two “central” solar eclipses — including a much-awaited total eclipse that spans the U.S. from Texas to New England.

Small and Large Magellanic Clouds

Southern Stargazing with Jonathan Nally

Clouds, Large and Small, of the Southern Sky

Jonathan Nally sets out to explore the Southern Hemisphere sky, starting with two uniquely southern sights: the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds.

Moon passing Saturn, Jan. 13-14, 2024

Celestial News & Events

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

The evening Moon passes Saturn, then Jupiter. Venus and Mercury march in lockstep in the eastern dawn. Capella, as always, paces Orion's bright foot. And who's winning the Sirius-Betelgeuse race?

Bright Geminid meteor over Tucson

Meteors

The Best Meteor Showers in 2024

The beloved Perseid meteor shower of the August vacation season will evade the moonlight in 2024, at least during the best early morning meteor-watching hours. The Lyrids and Geminids aren't so lucky.

Jupiter under Aries, early January 2024

Celestial News & Events

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

How does the Sirius-Procyon balance, newly risen, tilt for you? Depends on your latitude! Meanwhile, Triangulum and Aries teeter in balance on Jupiter.

Geminids and aurora

Explore the Night with Bob King

Catch Luyten's Star and the Quadrantid Meteor Shower

Relish the slow, steady pace of nearby Luyten's Star then switch things up with speedy meteors from a well-timed shower.

Venus, Antares, and Mercury in the eastern dawn, Dec. 30, 2023

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 29 – January 5

Scintillating Sirius rises ever earlier to scintillate in colors. The Quadrantid meteors in the Thursday-morning dark are well timed for Eastern North America. Two triangle constellations stack over Jupiter.

Gibbous Moon and Jupiter, Dec. 21-22, 2023

This Week's Sky At a Glance

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

Christmas week this year puts the late-night Moon at the highest overhead you'll ever see it. High Jupiter lights the evening. Venus is the bright "star" lower in the east at dawn.

Jupiter, Ganymede, Europa and double shadows, March 25, 2019

Celestial Objects to Observe

Watch Jupiter's Moons in Unusual Lineups

You'll have five opportunities in the coming months to see Jupiter's moons in interesting alignments.

Crescent Moon passing Saturn at dusk, Dec. 17, 2023

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 15 – 24

The waxing Moon passes Saturn, jumps over Jupiter, then jumps the Pleiades. Sirius and Procyon rise earlier, but the Summer Triangle still hangs on.

Vesta and Orion

Night Sky Sights

Vesta Sets Sail Across Orion

Look who's visiting this winter in Orion: Vesta, a bright asteroid with a dark side.

Geminids 2020

Explore the Night with Bob King

Get Ready to Greet the Geminid Meteor Shower!

The year's most spectacular meteor shower is upon us. Prepare to enjoy the Geminids under a dark, moonless sky, when you might see more than 100 meteors per hour.

Celestial News & Events

Asteroid to Cover Betelgeuse on Night of December 11-12 (Updated: Livestream Link)

Astronomers are gearing up for an unusual celestial event: an asteroid’s occultation of an iconic star.

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