The December Geminid meteor shower radiates from the constellation Gemini – in the east in mid-evening or overhead by about 2 a.m.
Don’t let the moonlight discourage you. These meteors are bright! No matter your location, Geminid meteors will fall most abundantly after midnight on December 13 and 14.
Next meteor shower – the Geminids on the mornings of December 13 and 14. It might be one of the year’s richest showers, if you avoid the moon.
Venus pops out at dusk. Jupiter rises at early evening, and Mars comes up after midnight. Saturn before dawn. Info and charts here.
The next meteor shower is the Geminid shower, peaking on the mornings of December 13 and 14.
The famous Leonid meteor shower is nearing its annual peak. Here’s all you need to know to watch the 2013 Leonid shower.
You can use the Big Dipper to find the bright star Capella in the constellation Auriga. The top two bowl stars point toward Capella. Chart here.
Comet Lovejoy has been visible with binoculars in the predawn sky, near the famous Beehive star cluster. How to spot it, plus best photos, here.
Much of the world can see at least a partial solar eclipse on Sunday, November 3. From North America’s east coast, the eclipse will be in progress at sunrise.
Yes, Halloween is an astronomical holiday.
Want to watch the Orionids in 2013? You can try, but a bright moon will drown out all but the brightest meteors.
The Hunter’s Moon is the full moon after the Harvest Moon. In 2013, it falls on the night of October 18-19 or 19-20.
The diminished inclination of the moon’s orbit to Earth’s equator lessens the impact of this year’s Hunter’s Moon.
Find the two brightest stars in Draco the Dragon, to gaze into the Dragon’s flaming eyes and to behold the radiant point of the Draconid meteor shower. Sound exciting?
October 7 and 8, 2013 present two chances for seeing Venus in daylight, because the moon appears near this planet.
In 2013, watch for the Draconid meteor shower on the evenings of October 7 and 8, starting at nightfall.
The 2013 September equinox occurs on September 22 at 3:44 p.m. CDT (20:44 UTC). This equinox brings autumn to the Northern Hemisphere.
The diminished inclination of the moon’s orbit to Earth’s equator lessens the impact of this year’s Harvest Moon.
The 2013 Harvest Moon for the Northern Hemisphere comes a few days before the equinox this year, on the nights of September 18-19 and September 19-20.
Here are some simple tips for creating a link between yourself and the night sky.
The peak of the Aurigid meteor shower has passed, but you still might see meteors in early September. Expect a handful each hour in a clear, dark sky.