Celestial News & Events

Comet in the June Dawn

Comet C/2009 R1 (McNaught) is now visible low in the northeast before dawn. You should be able to see its long, thin tail through binoculars from a reasonably dark site.

Celestial News & Events

See Vesta at Its Brightest!

This odd asteroid hasn't been so close to Earth in 18 years, and you may be surprised at how easy it is to spot with your eyes alone.

Variable Stars

X Sagittarii: A Variable Star Toward Our Galaxy's Heart

This naked-eye variable should be near peak brightness every Wednes-day night during August, September, and October.

Celestial Objects to Observe

Flora and Herculina meet Saturn

While checking out Saturn and Titan in the next few months, don't overlook two nearby minor planets: 8 Flora and 532 Herculina.

Celestial News & Events

A Faint Southern-Sky Visitor

Although likely never brighter than 9th magnitude, Comet C/2002 O7 passes by some interesting sights during its tour of the southern sky.

Celestial News & Events

The Changing Face of Comet Encke

For Northern Hemisphere observers, this will be Comet Encke's closest approach to Earth since November 1838.

Celestial News & Events

Two Comets in 2004

A pair of comets will grace the evening sky in May; Southern Hemisphere observers will have fine views of both.

Path of Vesta in 2003

Asteroids

Vesta in Virgo

During April, Vesta has many close encounters with members of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster.

Astronomy & Observing News

Intergalactic Globulars

Astronomers have discovered "orphaned" globular star clusters wandering like vagabonds amid the members of a cluster of galaxies in Ursa Major.

Celestial News & Events

The Return of Comet Brewington

A comet discovered in 1992 will make its first predicted reappearance in late 2002.

Paths of Ceres and Melpomene

Celestial Objects to Observe

Ceres and Melpomene in Binoculars

With paths that crisscross in Cetus, the Whale, these two asteroids make fine observing targets for the rest of 2002.

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