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Night Sky Sights

Astronomy for "Cloudy, Cloudy Nights"

If you have clouds in your forecast, don't give up! There’s plenty of astronomy to be enjoyed even on overcast nights.

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.

Night Sky Sights

Get to Know the Carina Constellation

The southern constellation Carina contains arguably the best nebula in the sky, along with a host of other fascinating stars and clusters.

Triple stars finders

Explore the Night with Bob King

Winter's Finest Triple Stars

Double stars are wonderful, but triples are terrific! Here are 16 trios to enjoy the next clear night.

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

Celestial News & Events

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.

Orion and nearby constellations

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

February Podcast: Orion and His Cosmic Critters

As told in this month’s Sky Tour astronomy podcast, Orion, the Hunter, dominates February’s evening sky, but he seems unaware of the cosmic prey that surrounds him.

12P/Pons-Brooks with tail

Explore the Night with Bob King

The Best Comets in 2024

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

Berlin fall fragment

Solar System

Asteroid 2024 BX1: From a Light in the Sky to Rocks on the Ground

The asteroid 2024 BX1 went from a moving dot of light to rocks on the ground in mere hours — and amateur astronomers were critical to both discovery and recovery.

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.

Bellatrix

Night Sky Sights

Meet Bellatrix, the Amazon Star

It's fitting that Bellatrix, the star at Orion's other shoulder, takes the name of "woman warrior," but it wasn't always that way.

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

Celestial News & Events

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.

Crab Nebula

Explore the Night with Bob King

The Night I Met the Crab Pulsar

An account of my journey to the heart of one of most violent cosmic explosions witnessed on Earth. Plus, there's a bright supernova now visible in a Virgo Cluster galaxy.

Moon passing Saturn, Jan. 13-14, 2024

This Week's Sky At a Glance

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

This Week's Sky At a Glance

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

Celestial News & Events

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-Mercury-Mars-Moon in January 2024

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

January Podcast: A Busy Start to 2024

If you’ve resolved to do more stargazing in the New Year, then 2024 will start you off with a bang! As told in this month’s Sky Tour astronomy podcast, you can look forward to some excellent celestial events.

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

Celestial News & Events

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.

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