Calling on Amateur Astronomers: Observe Venus!
The Mercury-bound BepiColombo spacecraft will fly by Venus on October 15th, and the mission is asking amateurs for their help.
See Beyond the Celestial Sphere: Follow These Lines into Space
For a little perspective, observe along a line that takes you to the Moon, past Jupiter and Saturn, the Kuiper Belt, and onward into our galaxy.
Ice Giants: Neptune and Uranus
Spot Uranus and Neptune, and relive the original discoveries.
Explore the Night with Bob King
Stormy Times on Jupiter, Comet Howell Steps Up, and More
Colder weather might be coming, but don't pack away that telescope! You'll miss a powerful storm that's remaking Jupiter's North Temperate Belt, a returning comet, Mira on the rise, and a bright supernova in the Great Bear.
Amateur Astronomer Discovers "Clyde's Spot" on Jupiter
The discovery of a new feature on Jupiter gave NASA’s Juno mission an opportunity to image an emerging storm up close.
Explore the Night with Bob King
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.
Find Saturn's Moons: Interactive Observing Tool and App
What is a Supermoon? Facts vs. Fiction
The perpetuation of the supermoon myth is mostly motivated by desire for publicity. But much of what we call the supermoon is just our eyes playing tricks on us.
Get Up Early, See Five Visible Planets at Once!
Over the next two weeks, for the first time in more than a decade, you can see all of the naked-eye planets — from Mercury to Saturn — together in the predawn sky.
Brightest Mars in Six Years
Mars is making its nearest and brightest appearance in the night sky since the end of 2007.
Catch a Comet Buzzing Earth
On Thursday, May 29th, Comet 209P/LINEAR will pass just 5 million miles (8 million km) from Earth, one of the closest comet approaches in history.
How to See Jupiter: Big, Bright, and Beautiful
Jupiter, the King of Planets, is a captivating sight no matter how you look at it.
Ceres and Vesta in 2014
The two brightest asteroids are very close to each other in the sky in 2014, fitting in a single field of view through binoculars and some telescopes.
Mercury's Best Show of 2014
Mercury puts on its best show of the year for mid-northern latitudes around the end of January.
Lovely Comet Lovejoy
Comet ISON has come and gone, but lovely Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) is still going strong. It is now at or near peak brightness, and well placed in the Northern Hemisphere's predawn sky.
The Next New Meteor Shower
Astronomers confirm that debris from Comet 209P/LINEAR should create a sky show on May 24, 2014 — but it looks less likely that a “storm” is in the works.
The Other Great Morning Comet
While Comet ISON is brightening rapidly, Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) is far more impressive right now, and also much better placed in the sky. It's shown here passing Messier 44, the Beehive Cluster.
A Night to Howl at the Moon
You can gawk, study, sketch, image, or just howl. No matter how you do it, head outside on October 12th to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night.
Triple Shadow Transit across Jupiter Tonight
Triple shadow transits, where three moons cross the face of Jupiter, happen only once or twice a decade. Catch the show tonight.
The Quest for Zodiacal Light
The first half of October 2013 is a good chance for early risers to catch the zodiacal light, the faint eastern glow preceding dawn.