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Harvest Moon in 2023

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

October Podcast: Jupiter & Saturn Dance at Dusk

This month’s big celestial news might be the annular solar eclipse that will be seen in the Americas, but everyone can share the fun of casual stargazing by streaming or downloading October’s Sky Tour astronomy podcast.

Moon with Jupiter and the Pleiades, Oct 1 and 2, 2023

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, September 29 – October 8

The Moon pairs with Jupiter, then the Pleiades, as it departs the evening sky. That leaves a dark-sky Milky Way crossing the zenith, where Cygnus the Milky Way Swan flies southward for fall.

Moon passing under Saturn in evening, Sept. 26-28, 2023

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, September 22 – October 1

The bright Moon steps eastwaed night by night under Altair, then Saturn, then the Great Square of Pegasus. Meanwhile, Deneb replaces Vega as the zenith star; welcome to fall.

Baily's beads


To Catch Beads of Sunlight, Here's Where You Should Head for October 14th's Annular Eclipse

Some eclipse-chasers will choose to view a “broken ring” and a long display of Baily's beads on October 14, 2023.

Venus, Regulus, and Mercury in early dawn, Sept 16, 2023

Celestial News & Events

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

Comet Nishimura shines at its brightest... but don't be disappointed, we warned you. Meanwhile Jupiter outdoes Saturn as an evening light, and the Little Dipper dumps water into the Big Dipper.

Waning crescent Moon passing Venus at dawn, Sept 11-12, 2023Moon

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, September 8 – 17

Comet Nishimura teases us shyly low on the dawn horizon, then low on the dusk horizon. The Milky Way arches high across the evening sky, and Saturn invites your telescope.

Explore the Night with Bob King

Action-packed Sky: Saturn, Comet Nishimura, and More

September is Saturn's time to shine. We also check on Comet Nishimura — now at 5th magnitude and still brightening — and look forward to a dramatic asteroid occultation. Not to mention that Jupiter just took another hit.

Annular eclipse sequence


Observing October's Annular Eclipse

If you'll be in the path of the October 14, 2023, annular eclipse, here's what you can look for as the Moon covers the face of the Sun.

Harvest Moon in 2023

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

September Podcast: Explore the Summer Triangle

Daylight hours are getting shorter in the Northern Hemisphere, which means the hours for stargazing are getting longer throughout September! So stream or download this month’s Sky Tour astronomy podcast for lots of great tips on what you can see this month in the evening sky.

Waning Moon and Jupiter around midnight, Sept 3-4, 2023

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, September 1 – 10

Vega culminates at the zenith around the end of twilight. Arcturus and the Dipper sink through the evening. Saturn and Jupiter rule the late-night hours, and Venus shines at dawn.

Cloud cover along the path of totality will be lesser toward the south

Celestial Objects to Observe

El Niño and the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

What will the ongoing El Niño event do to the chance of cloud cover along the 2024 total solar eclipse track?

History and Sky Lore

The Moon Is "Blue" This Wednesday...Or Is It?

If skies are clear this Wednesday, you'll see the full Moon — but it's not the "true" Blue Moon.

Full Moon and Saturn at opposition, Aug. 30, 2023

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, August 25 – September 3

Saturn comes to opposition. Vega crests at the zenith, while Arcturus declines in the west. Venus shines at dawn. Go out before dawn's very first light, and you get an Orion-starring preview of the evening sky at New Year's.

Comet Nishimura C/2023 P1

Explore the Night with Bob King

New Comet Nishimura May Become Naked-Eye Bright

Comet Nishimura is quickly brightening in the morning sky and may be faintly visible with the naked eye next month. And on August 24th observers in North America will be treated to an occultation of Antares.

Eclipse map

Celestial Objects to Observe

2024 Total Solar Eclipse: 25 Events, Festivals, and Places to Stay

Some ideas for those who still need a place to go on April 8, 2024, to see the total solar eclipse.

Moon passing Spica at dusk, Aug 9-21, 2023

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, August 18 – 27

The waxing Moon passes Spica and then will occult Antares for much of North America. Saturn reaches opposition this week. The Andromegasus Dipper scoops up as summer wanes.

Diagram of Moon-Earth orbit

Night Sky Sights

How Rare Is a Solar Eclipse?

There are two solar eclipses every year — so why are they so rare?

2016 Perseids


Get Ready for a Great Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseids are here! With no Moon to spoil the show it's time to break out the lawn chairs, sit back, and watch the comet dust fly.

The Moon with Jupiter and the Pleiades, dawn of Aug 8 and 9, 2023

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, August 4 – 13

We're approaching the peak of the Perseid meteors. Vega claims the zenith as the Teapot claims the south. In twilight, Mars has a friendly but not very intimate date with Mercury.

Moon and Saturn Aug 29-30 2023

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

August Podcast: Blue Moon and Perfect Perseids

Many skywatchers look forward to seeing the Perseid meteors every August, and this month’s Sky Tour episode why they’ll be especially good this year. You’ll also learn what's so special about the full Moon that falls on the night of August 30–31.

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