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Autumnal Equinox 2019: The...
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Sky Watch: May 2018
Welcome to the May 2018 Sky Watch! This month, Jupiter is king of the night sky, reaching...
Solar Minimum Approaching | A Mini Ice Age?
Sunspots are disappearing more rapidly than usual as the Sun prepares to enter the solar minimum....
When Will the Moon Rise Tonight?
A common lunar puzzle involves finding when the Moon will rise each night. Folks who enjoy the...
The Far Side of the Moon
We never see the far side of the Moon or what some people call the dark side of the Moon. Do you...
Jupiter at Opposition | Closest Approach to Earth
This is Jupiter month! On the night of May 8–9, the Giant Planet will be at its brightest for the...
What Are Sunspots?
The Old Farmer’s Almanac uses sunspot activity to help in making its weather predictions. What are...
Sky Map (Star Chart): May 2018
Look up with the May 2018 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
How Far is the Most Distant Object in the Universe?
What is the most distant object humans have ever seen in the known Universe? The latest record-...
2018 Summer Weather Forecast
Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner! What kind of weather can we expect this year?...
Sky Watch: April 2018
Welcome to the April 2018 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
What’s the Slowest-Spinning Planet?
Space is famous for zippy activity, like streaking meteors that sail through the night sky. But...
The Moon, Saturn, and Mars Meet on April 6–7
Sometimes the actual sky is so compelling, we’re forced to simply look out the window. Such is the...
Sky Map (Star Chart): April 2018
Look up with the April 2018 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
Happy Pi Day 2018, My Friends!
On Wednesday, March 14 (3/14), Pi Day is celebrated. It’s the sort of holiday only celebrated by...
Sky Map (Star Chart): March 2018
Look up with the March 2018 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
The Year's Best Conjunction is Sunday, March 18
An unusual thing happens Sunday evening at 7:30 P.M.—a beautiful meeting of the three closest...
What's the Brightest Star in the Sky Tonight?
Who hasn’t heard of the Dog Star, Sirius? It’s the brightest star in the sky. Right now, it’s at...
Sky Watch: March 2018
Welcome to the March 2018 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Full Worm Moon: March
What is the Full Worm Moon? In this video, we explain what the Worm Moon means—plus, fun facts...
A New Star in the Night Sky in 2022
A star is born! If you’ve followed my column, you may recall me saying that a new star will appear...
Planet Spectacle: The Show Will Start Soon
This year will indeed be extraordinary for planets. We will see one of the closest approaches of...
How Does the Moon Affect Our Bodies?
In mid-February, the Moon returns to the evening sky. This brings up an ancient puzzle: How does...
So You Want to Buy a Telescope?
Since Galileo—one of the first people on Earth to have aimed a telescope at the heavens—millions of...
Sky Watch: February 2018
Welcome to the February 2018 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Groundhog Day and Shadow Fun
Groundhog Day. Just a bizarre tradition involving rodents? Or, rather, marmots? Actually, Groundhog...
A Supermoon, Blue Moon, and Lunar Eclipse on January 31
Heard about this “Super Blue Blood Moon” on January 31? Let’s break this down: That’s a Supermoon,...
Stars Crowd Around the Moon This Weekend
Easy astronomy? Deep, profound, cool stuff with no pain? That’s this weekend. On the evenings of...
Sky Map (Star Chart): February 2018
Look up with the February 2018 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky....
Orion the Hunter Reigns in the Winter Sky
All of Orion’s stars are easy to spot in the winter sky. We’re in a period of dark, moonless,...
Baby, It's Cold Outside
It’s been a cold meteorological winter so far, and the northeastern states hit their very coldest...
Sky Watch: January 2018
Welcome to the January 2018 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Sky Map (Star Chart): January 2018
Look up with the January 2018 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
Can You Really Name a Star?
Maybe you’ve heard those radio commercials. The announcer says, “If you’re looking for a perfect...
Sky Watch: December 2017
Welcome to the December 2017 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Sky Map (Star Chart): December 2017
Look up with the December 2017 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky....
Ode to Kerosene: It Took Us to the Moon
In some rural areas, folks heat their homes with oil. Some buy kerosene, especially in the coldest...
Get Ready for Fabulous Shooting Stars
Much attention is being paid to the Leonid meteor shower, which peaks in the wee hours before dawn...
Sky Watch: November 2017
Welcome to the November 2017 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Sky Map (Star Chart): November 2017
Look up with the November 2017 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky....
Sky Map (Star Chart): October 2017
Look up with the October 2017 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
The Smiling Moon, Venus, Mars on October 17
Maybe you’ve already seen it. Low in the east, just before dawn—say at 6:15 or so—is the brightest...
Sky Watch: October 2017
Welcome to the October 2017 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...