One excellent way to learn the night sky is to let a friend point out the stars and constellations. This list of events could help you get started.
The intriguing cycle of closest and farthest moons. Includes dates for 2015’s 13 perigees (closest points) and 13 apogees (farthest points).
The next Blue Moon will be on May 21, 2016. It’s a seasonal Blue Moon, the third of four full moons between the March equinox and the June solstice of 2016.
The zodiacal light is an eerie light extending up from the horizon. No matter where you are on Earth, springtime or autumn is the best time to see it.
Will Mars and the moon will appear the same size at some point in 2015? Gosh, no. What’s really amazing is the staying power of this 12-year-old hoax.
Finding star distances isn’t easy. Here’s how it’s done, and why astronomers recently modified the distance estimate to the famous star Betelgeuse.
In N. Hemisphere, August’s Perseid meteor shower ranks as a favorite. You can see these meteors from S. Hemisphere, too. 2015 is a great year for this shower!
Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter are all close to morning or evening twilight glare in August, 2015. Meanwhile, Saturn is up from nightfall until late night.
Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks around now, under the light of the almost-full moon. But don’t worry. Delta Aquarids will still be flying when the Perseids peak in August.
How to spot it, plus an explanation of why meteors in annual showers have radiant points.
With little or no moon to ruin the show, this is a great year for watching the Perseid meteor shower. It’ll peak on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13.
Here are 10 simple tips that can help you connect with the night sky, and have fun.
All five visible planets will appear together in the morning sky early next year – from about January 20 to February 20, 2016. That hasn’t happened since 2005.
It’s that beautiful time of year again in the N. Hemisphere, when the June solstice – your signal to celebrate summer – is upon us.
In honor of World Ocean Day on June 8, a beautiful video visualization of ocean currents around the world.
Best time to see Saturn in 2015 is here! Instructions for finding this beautiful golden planet … here.
Light is the fastest-moving stuff in the universe. It travels at an incredible 300,000 kilometers (186,000 miles) per second. So, in a year, light travels far.
Eta Aquarid going on now. Good for both the northern tropics and Southern Hemisphere. How to watch, history, radiant point, here.
You might see a lot or you might not see many, but if you stay in the house, you won’t see any.
Awesome Lyrid prospects this year! You might see 10 to 20 meteors per hour at the peak on the mornings of April 22åç and 23, with the nod going to April 23.
The April 4, 2015 total lunar eclipse comes in the morning for North America, and in the evening for Eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia. Here’s what to look for.