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Moon shining with Jupiter, late evening Dec. 1, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, November 25 – December 3

Mars is closest to Earth this week, closer and brighter than we'll see it again until 2033. By late evening it's high overhead in excellent telescopic view.

Jupiter near the Circlet of Pisces

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, November 18 – 26

Orion works its way up from behind the horizon after dinnertime and stands high by late evening. Big bright Jupiter and Mars dominate the sky. Jupiter is under the Great Square; Mars is in the horns of Taurus.

Comet ZTF (C/2022 E3) up close

Explore the Night with Bob King

Sneak Peek at Two Promising Comets

Ready to chase comets? We look at two fuzzy solar system travelers that will keep you on your toes all fall and winter long.

Moon and Mars, Nov 11-12, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, November 11 – 19

The Moon shines in the east with ever-brightening Mars, then it wanes down into the early morning hours to leave the evenings dark for deep-sky observing. Jupiter glares on high. Vega and its binary accompaniments await you in the west.

Stars and moon

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Election Eclipse — Last Total Lunar Eclipse till 2025

Set the alarm and bring plenty of coffee. We've got a total lunar eclipse coming that you don't want to miss.

Lunar craters for timing

Eclipses

Useful Projects for a Lunar Eclipse

Here’s all you need to know to help us measure the size of Earth’s shadow during the second lunar eclipse of 2022.

Moon with Jupiter, Nov 4-5, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, November 4 – 12

The Moon gets totally eclipsed this week as it walks from Jupiter to Mars. Saturn in the evening sky is at quadrature, which means an effect is under way for telescope users....

Moon and Jupiter in early November 2022

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

November: An Eclipse, Meteors & Planets

For most of us, November's switch to standard time means that evening comes early enough to do some casual stargazing before dinnertime. So download or stream our Sky Tour astronomy podcast to find out about this month's lunar eclipse, possible meteor surprises, and much more.

Moon crossing Sagittarius Teapot, Oct. 28-30, 2022

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, October 28 – November 5

The Summer Triangle Effect, a double shadow on Jupiter, the waxing Moon photobombs the solar system's two giants, an Algol dip — plan your skywatching week.

Mercury and thin crescent Moon at dawn, Oct. 23, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

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

Jupiter remains near its maximum possible size, and Mars continues to grow. Below Jupiter shines the Frog Star. And this week, Arcturus becomes the Ghost of Summer Suns.

Orionid composite

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All About the Dust — Orionids and Zodiacal Light

It doesn't take much to create a spectacle when it comes to astronomical observation. Just a pinch or two of dust.

Waning Moon passing Mars in late evening, Oct 14-15, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

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

These moonless evenings open the sky for good constellation spotting and deep-sky probing. Pegasus flies high. Draco eyes Vega. And it's time for the Orionid meteors.

The bright Moon shines with Jupiter Oct. 8, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

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

The bright Moon this week passes Jupiter, then Mars. Deep-sky darkness starts returning to the evening sky on the Thursday the 13th. The bulky Andromegasus Dipper is on autumn display.

Moonrise

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Full Moon Fringe Benefits

The upcoming Hunter's Moon reminds us of the many ways we can enjoy observing our humble satellite.

Orange star in star field

Celestial Objects to Observe

Meet Scheat, the Peak of Pegasus

Meet Scheat, the orange giant star that peaks the Great Square of Pegasus in autumn skies in the Northern Hemisphere.

Moon and Jupiter Oct 7-9 2022

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

October: Make Way for Jupiter

October is a great time of year to do some casual stargazing. The stars and planets are waiting for you — all you need is this month’s Sky Tour astronomy podcast. Just download or stream the audio file and take it with you outside.

Crescent Moon with Antares at dusk, Sept. 30, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, September 30 – October 8

The Moon poses with Antares at dusk. A few nights later, lunar sunrise unveils the sharp black line of the Straight Wall in Mare Nubium for small-telescope users. Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars span the evening sky. Mercury climbs onstage at dawn.

Cup-shaped dawn crescent Moon, Sept 24, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, September 23 – October 1

Cygnus and the Milky Way cross the zenith after the end of twilight. Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars await your scope through the night. A thin crescent Moon poses favorably at dawn — because it's cupped.

Jupiter up close

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Jupiter's Exceptionally Close Opposition

A sentinel in the autumnal sky, Jupiter marks its closest opposition since 1963.

The waning Moon lines up with Mars and Aldebaran; midnight Sept 16-17, 2022

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, September 16 – 24

The late-night Moon aligns with Mars and Aldebaran. Delta Cephei pulses on high. And constellations all over the sky signal the change from summer to fall.

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