Dressing Up for an Evening Out
Proper clothing makes cold-weather observing a treat.
Astronomical equipment: blessing or curse?
Waiting for Sagittarius
The glories of the summer Milky Way remain tantalizingly out of reach.
The Meaning of Stargazing
Does stargazing have a purpose or is it just plain fun?
Gazing Upon Earth's Shadow
Skimming near the northernmost edge of Earth's shadow, the Moon experienced a relatively bright eclipse on March 3rd.
A Spontaneous Star Party
A lunar eclipse gathers a crowd of congenial strangers.
Celestial Time and Human Time
The orbits of the outer planets mark out a human life.
Sometimes a stargazing session is short and sweet.
June in February
Time-travel to late spring by observing before dawn.
Stars and Snowflakes
What do they have in common besides the letter S?
Following a planet day by day can be surprisingly rewarding.
Keeping Myself Honest
On-the-job observing is a blast!
Constellation Names and Abbreviations
Here's all the essential information about the 88 constellations.
Observe Mysterious Mercury
Mercury, probably the least observed of the eight major planets, is well placed in the evening sky during the first half of February 2007 for observers in the Northern Hemisphere.
The Greek Alphabet
Here's a handy guide to the Greek letters that are used on star charts.
How I started doing "serious" observing.
Comet Tail Still Visible Up North
It's been several days since anyone in the Northern Hemisphere saw the head of Comet McNaught. But the comet's tail is so bright and long that numerous northern observers have spotted it two or more hours after the head has set. All you need to try is a site with a good western horizon that's far from any artificial light pollution.
Comet McNaught, Spectacle of the Far-Southern Sky
As of January 18th, Comet McNaught is barely visible from the Northern Hemisphere, but the show is just beginning for observers at mid-southern latitudes.
Comet McNaught Heading South
If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, Friday was your last good opportunity to catch Comet McNaught in the evening twilight — though January 13th isn't completely out of the question. On January 14th or 15th, the comet will become a showpiece for observers in the Southern Hemisphere.
Comet McNaught Brightening
Comet McNaught has brightened rapidly in the last few days. It's now bright, beautiful, and, if you're fairly far north, easy to see at dawn and dusk — if you know where to look and have an unobstructed horizon and perfect conditions. It's now a naked-eye spectacle from far northern latitudes, where the observing geometry is most favorable. The farther south you live, the lower the comet is in the twilight.