As many as 100 Ursid meteors per hour have been seen – but only in short bursts. Expect 5 to 10 meteors per hour.
December solstice 2014 is coming up this Sunday, December 21 at 23:03 UTC. Celebration time!
In December, 2014, Venus out briefly after sunset; Mars up in early evening; Jupiter shines from mid-to-late-evening to dawn; Saturn in the southeast predawn; Mercury lost in the sun’s glare.
The 2015 Quadrantid meteor shower is likely to produce the most meteors before dawn January 4, although in the glare of the almost-full moon.
Peak viewing was Saturday night, but, if you look in a dark sky late Sunday until dawn Monday, you might still catch a stray Geminid.
You might see a lot or you might not see many, but if you stay in the house, you won’t see any.
The December Geminid meteor shower radiates from the constellation Gemini – in the east in mid-evening or overhead by about 2 a.m.
2014 Geminid meteor shower will feature a last quarter moon. Some bright Geminids will withstand moonlight! Evenings December 12 and 13. Mornings December 13 and 14.
The famous Leonid meteor shower peaks between midnight and dawn on Monday (November 17) and Tuesday (November 18).
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane – a craft intended to carry tourists on suborbital flights – exploded and crashed during a test flight Friday.
Yes, Halloween is an astronomical holiday.
Three eclipses in one calendar month are rare. Three eclipses in one lunar month are more common. From 2000-2050, it happens 14 times.
Details on the annual Orionid meteor shower. How and when to watch. In 2014, the peak morning is October 21, but try the mornings before and after, too.
The close pass of Comet Siding Spring to Mars was exciting! Closest approach was October 19. Watch for photos from the event here at EarthSky.org.
The diminished inclination of the moon’s orbit to Earth’s equator lessens the impact of this year’s Hunter’s Moon.
Can you believe it? A meteor shower on the night of the lunar eclipse.
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?
Each calendar year has at least four eclipses – two solar and two lunar. Most years have four, but five, six or even seven eclipses are also possible.
Try to catch the young moon, Mercury and star Spica in the sunset direction on September 25 and/or 26. Best seen from S. Hemisphere. N. Hemisphere viewers … try it!