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Details on the annual Orionid meteor shower. How and when to watch. In 2017, the peak morning is probably October 21. But start watching now, before dawn!
Cassiopeia the Queen is one of the easiest-to-recognize constellations, having the shape of an M or W, Schedar is the Queen’s brightest star.
The Double Cluster in the constellation Perseus is a breathtaking pair of star clusters, each containing supergiant suns. How to find it in your sky.
Draconids have passed, mostly in bright moonlight. Orionids, Taurids, Leonids and Geminids ahead! Orionids peak before dawn October 21, in a moon-free sky.
A public event coming up on October 28. Events scheduled around the globe. Click in for more info and links.
Brilliant Venus and faint Mars swept close last week, in the east before sunup. Check out these awesome photos!
The Draconids are best seen in the evening hours. In 2017, a bright waning gibbous moon will interfere, but still … give it a try!
Photos and videos from the EarthSky community of 2017’s Harvest Moon. Thanks to all who submitted photos, or posted them to EarthSky Facebook!
You don’t have to identify a meteor shower’s radiant point to watch the show. But the radiant of the Draconids is fun to find! Here are some ways to do it.
Did you see the moonrise last night? Gorgeous. And – for those in the Northern Hemisphere, now near our autumnal equinox – we’re now due for lovely Harvest Moon rises over the next several evenings.
Finding the star Alpheratz can help you spot the Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest large spiral galaxy to Earth.
Look for Aquarius the Water Bearer this month. How to find it, its famous Water Jar asterism, plus a few stories from the ancient myths.
Mars was faint and in our evening sky. Now it’s faint and in our morning sky, near bright Venus. But wait! 2018 will be a spectacular year for Mars.
Moon myths, take that! Here are 5 of the most common myths about our moon explained.
A lone planet – Saturn – is easily seen at nightfall. Mars and Venus are up before dawn. Mercury and Jupiter can’t be seen easily; they’re in the sun’s glare.
Gamma Cephei will someday be a Pole Star for Earth.
Here’s a great New ScienceCast video about the controversial Hubble Constant. It’s the key to knowing the age of our universe and much more.
Comet Siding Spring swept closer to Mars than any known comet in recorded history, creating the largest-ever-known meteor shower. But the sun got in on the act.
Will the September 23, 2017 sky mirror “signs” from the Bible’s Book of Revelation? Possibly. But this same sky scene has been seen 4 other times in the past 1,000 years. An astronomer explains.
How to see the star Fomalhaut in your sky and a word about Fomalhaut b, the first planet beyond our solar system visible to the eye in photographic images.
Keep watching moon, Venus, Mars
Big Dipper over Horseshoe Spring, Utah