Last Month for SkyWeek TV
April 2014 will be the last month covered by Sky & Telescope's wildly popular SkyWeek TV show.
April 28 - May 4, 2014
The planet Mars is high in the evening sky. It’s two weeks past its closest approach to Earth, but it’s still shining as bright as it ever will this year.
April 21 - 27, 2014
Magnificent Leo the Lion, one of the few constellations that really resembles its name, is high in the south. Regulus, its brightest star, is important in history and science.
April 14 - 20, 2014
Late on Monday April 14th or very early on Tuesday morning, weather permitting, everyone in North America gets to witness a total eclipse of the Moon.
April 7 - 13, 2014
Get ready for next week’s total lunar eclipse, one of the most thrilling spectacles that nature has to offer. Find out why eclipses happen and how to view them.
March 31 - April 6, 2014
The waxing crescent Moon passes through the Hyades cluster on Thursday. If you watch long enough, you may see the Moon’s dark edge blot out one or more stars.
March 17 - 23, 2014
People living along a narrow path from New York City to Ontario can watch an asteroid blot out the bright star Regulus around 2 a.m. on Thursday, March 20th.
March 24 - 30, 2014
The waning crescent Moon pairs spectacularly Venus in the predawn sky. And many stargazers will try to view all 110 objects cataloged by the 18th-century astronomer Charles Messier.
March 10 - 16, 2014
Three planets are on display in the predawn sky: dazzling Venus low in the southeast, rapidly brightening Mars in Virgo, and Saturn, the ringed wonder, in Libra.
March 3 - 9, 2014
Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, flies almost overhead on March evenings. It’s an amazingly dynamic world, and a treat to view through a telescope.
February 24 - March 2, 2014
The Great Orion Nebula is the most active star-forming region in our sector of the Milky Way Galaxy. It’s a breath-taking sight when viewed through a telescope.
February 17 - 23, 2014
Mighty Orion, the brightest constellation, flies high in the early evening sky. And late on Wednesday evening, the planet Mars and the bright star Spica float above the Moon.
February 10 - 16, 2014
The Moon is full on Friday, to the right of the bright star Regulus in Leo. The crater Tycho and its amazing ray system are especially bright at full Moon.
February 3 - 9, 2014
The magnificent constellation Canis Major, the Big Dog, is at its highest in the south on February evenings. It is host to Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.
January 27 - February 2, 2014
Mercury and Venus, the innermost planets, are visible all week at dusk and dawn, respectively. The thin crescent Moon visits Venus early in the week and Mercury late in the week.
January 20 - 26, 2014
The Moon visits Mars and Saturn in the predawn sky this week. This is an exciting time to view both planets. Mars is brightening rapidly, and Saturn’s rings are on great display.
January 13 - 19, 2014
This is a great time to view Jupiter, the king of the planets. It’s well up in the east by the time the sky grows dark, and very high by late evening.
January 6 - 12, 2014
Orion floats high in the south on January evenings. Its seven main stars form a pattern that has been likened to a giant man or woman all around the world.
December 30, 2013 - January 5, 2014
At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, is at its highest in the south. And even brighter Jupiter flies high above it.
December 23 - 29, 2013
More bright stars are visible now than at any other time of year. Seven of the sky’s 21 first-magnitude stars are concentrated in a single, amazing formation called the Winter Hexagon.