Comet NEOWISE

Explore the Night with Bob King

Comet NEOWISE Delights at Dawn

Skywatchers are treated to a naked-eye comet as NEOWISE emerges into the the dawn sky.

Comets

New Comet Alert! Quartet of Comets Grace Our Skies

There's a lot happening in the northern sky these days, namely lots of comets! Comet ATLAS (C/2019 Y4) is still worth watching, but look for the new Comet SWAN (C/2020 F8) and Comet ATLAS (C/2019 Y1). And you can still catch a glimpse of our old friend, Comet PanSTARRS (C/2017 T2).

Comet ISON

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Astrophotography: Catching Comets

Photographing comets presents unique challenges to your astrophotography routine. A few straightforward techniques can help.

Comet PanSTARRS blooms

Comets

Comets to Catch in 2020

Here's the lowdown on which comets will brighten our skies in 2020.

Comet Africano in full glory

Explore the Night with Bob King

Autumn Comets, Mira's Eye & The Orionid Meteor Shower

Four comets, a famous variable star, and sprinkles of dust from Halley's Comet are highlights of the October sky.

Comets

Comets to Catch in 2019

We peek ahead to see what comets await in 2019. Bright ones will be sparse, but several nice objects, including Comet Iwamoto (C/2018 Y1) and Comet Africano (C/2018 W2), will keep things lively.

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Future Planetary Probes Can Learn from Cassini

An unusual water composition at Saturn’s moon Phoebe means that future spacecraft will have to be on the lookout for different water ratios than we are used to on Earth.

One explosion begets another

Celestial News & Events

Fireworks, Planets, Comets, a Nova — July's Got it All!

July's a busy month for skywatching. Not only are five bright planets in view, but three comets and a newly-discovered nova are also observable. And it all starts with a bang on Independence Day.

Comets

Catch these Comets in 2018

We look ahead to see what fuzzy visitors, new and returning, will brighten the nights ahead. One and possibly two naked-eye comets are on the way.

Zwicky Transient Facility first light image in Orion

Professional Telescopes

Sky-sweeping Telescope Sees First Light

The Zwicky Transient Facility has taken its first image, covering an area equivalent to 247 full Moons in a single shot. This beginning is part of an ongoing sea change in astronomy.

Regulus removed

Celestial News & Events

Busy Skies Ahead: Comets, a Supernova, and a Dramatic Regulus Occultation

What's your pleasure when it comes to observing? Comets? Supernovae? Occultations? Get a sample of each and more in the upcoming week.

Celestial News & Events

Watch Comet Johnson Sprint Through Boötes

Another binocular comet? You better believe it. Comet Johnson takes center stage at nightfall this month and next.

Finder Chart Comet 45P/

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Bright Prospects for Comets in 2017

Comet lovers have much to look forward to in the new year with six potential bright binocular comets and at least two others for modest backyard telescopes.

252P Drags its Tail

Comets

Up, Up, and Away with Comet 252P

With the Moon finally put to bed and Comet 252P still bright, there's no better time than now to see it. Nearby Mars and Saturn only sweeten the deal.

Telescopic view of Comet 252P/LINEAR

Celestial News & Events

Comet 252P Zooms North, BA14 Grows Tail

Splintered comet duo 252P/LINEAR and P/2016 BA14 liven up both dusk and dawn this week. Naked-eye 252P finally debuts in northern skies, while BA14 makes a beeline through the Big Dipper.

And Lo - A Tail!

Celestial News & Events

Comet PanSTARRS 2016's Historic Flyby of Earth

Not one, but two, possibly related comets will make exceptionally close flybys of Earth on March 21–22. Here's what we know and a guide on how to see them.

One Smokin' Comet!

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Comets To Catch in 2016

A look ahead to see what new and returning comets will spice up the new year in 2016.

Touch of dusty lingering dusk

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How to See and Shoot the Zodiacal Light

The ethereal zodiacal light returns to view this month. Learn how to see and photograph it with your digital camera.

Lovejoy-and-M79_Schur

Celestial News & Events

Where to See Comet Lovejoy Tonight

The new Comet Lovejoy, C/2014 Q2, should brighten from 5th to 4th magnitude from late December through January as it climbs into excellent viewing position for the Northern Hemisphere, high in the dark winter sky.

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Bright Comet Prospects for 2015

Has Comet Q2 Lovejoy stoked you to see more of these celestial travelers? We look into the crystal ball to see what's coming in 2015.

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