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Lunar eclipse composite Nov 19 2021

Celestial News & Events

Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2022

Although no total or annular solar eclipses occur this year, skywatchers can look forward to two total lunar eclipses — the first ones observable across North America in more than 3 years.

Venus, Mars, Antares at dawn, Jan. 22, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, January 21 – 29

As Jupiter gets lower now, Orion and Gemini rise high, the Winter Triangle pivots on Sirius, the Great Square sinks and the Big Dipper creeps up.

Saturn in scale-model solar system

Stargazer's Corner: Adventures Under the Night Sky

A New Scale-Model Solar System

The University of Colorado, Boulder, has unveiled a 1:10 billion scale-model solar system with an interactive sound experience.

Mare Orientale gravity map

Celestial News & Events

Set Your Sights on This Lunar Bull’s-Eye

Go ahead, live on the edge: Grab your chance this month to see Mare Orientale, one of the most spectacular lunar seas most people have never seen.

Asteroid makes close approach

Celestial News & Events

Watch an Asteroid Race Across the Sky

The kilometer-wide, potentially hazardous asteroid 1994 PC1 will fly past Earth on January 18th. Good news on two counts: It won't hit us, and it's bright enough to see in a 4-inch telescope.

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, January 14 – 22

Jupiter stands alone at dusk. The Moon dances with Castor and Pollux while Iris creeps in the background. And you can't keep Venus down for long; its tiny crescent reappears at dawn.

Comet Austin

Stargazer's Corner: Adventures Under the Night Sky

The Comet on Oak Hill

In the hills of northern California, a teenager discovered a comet's tail — and a lifelong passion for stargazing.

Saturn and Mercury in the sunset, Jan. 12, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, January 7 – 15

Mercury draws close to Saturn low in twilight, then turns shy and runs away. Jupiter watches from above. The Moon, careless of such goings-on, waxes through first quarter to show off for your telescope.

Comet 19P/Borrelly on Dec. 30, 2021

Explore the Night with Bob King

Comet-seeking on Cold, Crunchy Nights

Did the recent apparition of Comet Leonard whet your appetite for more of these beautiful unpredictables? Here are five more you can see with your telescope this season.

Moon Venus Mars & Mercury before dawn on Jan 28-30

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

January: Evening Planet Adieu

There’s no better way to start the new year than listening to our monthly Sky Tour astronomy podcast. It’s an informative and entertaining 12-minute guided tour of the nighttime sky.

Moon Saturn and Mercury on 3-4 Jan 2022

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 31 – January 8

As the calendar flips to a new year, the night sky brims with bright stars, planets, and a potential meteor shower to help you celebrate.

Sirius and M41

Celestial Objects to Observe

Tour 15 of the Brightest Stars on New Year's Eve (VIDEO)

Tour 15 of the sky's brightest stars all in one night on this New Year's Eve! This interactive Worldwide Telescope video will show you the way.

Geminid fireball over Tucson

Observing

The Best Meteor Showers of 2022

Sky & Telescope predicts that the year’s best meteor shower will be the Quadrantids, which peak in the very first days of 2022. But the normally weak Tau Herculids (late May) and Leonids (November) might deliver dramatic outbursts.

Comet Leonard on Dec. 24, 2021

Observing

Comet Leonard: A Gift at Christmastime

Multiple bright outbursts have transformed Comet Leonard into a stunning photographic object that’s also visible without optical aid from southern locations. More disruptions are likely in store as it approaches perihelion.

Crescent Moon, Mars and Antares at dawn, Dec. 31, 2021

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 24 – January 1

Crescent Venus, ever thinner and lower in twilight, dives toward the Sun. Jupiter and Saturn bide their time. The bright winter constellations fill the east after dark. Mars and Antares pair up at dawn.

Venus full circle

Astronomy & Observing News

Venus Farewell, Moonless Skies for the Quadrantids

Venus presents a stunning crescent at dusk before switching over to the morning sky early next month. After dodging the Moon for the Geminids, it's dark skies all around for the Quadrantid meteor shower.

Jupiter and Saturn in evening sky, Christmas Eve 2021

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 17 – 25

Dramatic Venus is becoming a dramatically thinner, larger crescent the southwestern twilight. A few people can even resolve the crescent naked-eye. Saturn and Jupiter stay lined up behind it. And the bright winter constellations officially come into their own with the turning of the solstice.

Moon padding Pleiades and Aldebaran, Dec. 16-17, 2021

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 10 – 18

Comet Leonard switches from low in the dawn to low in the dusk this week; you'll need those binocs. The Venus-Saturn-Jupiter line slides westward. And the high full moon of December rides across the sky in Taurus, at the top of the ecliptic.

a solar eclipse above a cloud bank with a dark blue sky turning orange towards the horizon

Eclipses

Total Solar Eclipse: Reports from Antarctica

Sky & Telescope and friends report on the total solar eclipse that occurred over Antarctica earlier this week.

Comet Leonard meets M3

Celestial News & Events

See Comet Leonard at its Best

The year's brightest comet is now on display in the predawn sky this week and next. Here's how to find it.

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