The icy core of Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring won’t strike Mars, but dust from the comet might damage our spacecraft.
Don’t wait until August 11, 12 and 13 to watch the Perseids in 2014. The moon will be in the way. Start watching for meteors now!
In the N. Hemisphere, the annual August Perseid meteor shower ranks as the year’s favorite shower. A big, bright supermoon interferes in 2014. So start observing the Perseids soon!
In 2014, late July is best for this shower, thanks to the new moon on July 26, and the shower’s nominal peak around July 29.
The longest lunar month of 2014 will start August 25 and end September 24. All you need to know about the varying lengths of the lunar months, here.
If you’re a beginning stargazer or a veteran of thousands of starlit nights, binoculars can be your best friend. Here’s how to get started.
By mid-July, Jupiter is gone. As darkness falls, Mars and star Spica are closest together for 2014, with Saturn nearby. Venus and Mercury east before dawn.
The moon (and sun) creates the tides. An extra-close full moon creates higher tides. But this same gravitational effect doesn’t extend to humans.
The next eclipse is a total eclipse of the full moon – the Northern Hemisphere’s full Hunter’s Moon – on the night of October 7-8, 2014.
Here are 10 simple tips that can help you connect with the night sky, and have fun.
Pluto’s 2014 opposition comes just one year before the New Horizons spacecraft will encounter this distance world and its moons.
It’s that beautiful time of year again in the N. Hemisphere, when the June solstice – your signal to celebrate summer – is upon us.
Blue Moon can be second of two full moons in a month. Or it can be third of four full moons in a season. Next Blue Moon is the second full moon of July, 2015.
The brightness of Mars in our sky depends on where our two planets are in orbit around the sun.
The Summer Triangle consists of three bright stars in three constellations – Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, Vega in Lyra the Harp, and Altair in Aquila the Eagle.
Eta Aquarids best before dawn May 5, 6, and 7. Good for both the northern tropics and Southern Hemisphere. How to watch, history, radiant point, here.
Best time to see Saturn in 2014 is here! Instructions for finding this beautiful golden planet … here.
Check out these photos and video of the April 29 partial solar eclipse.
The next total solar eclipse visible from the mainland U.S. will be on August 21, 2017.
In 2014, Lyrid meteor shower peaks on Earth Day morning, April 22. Bright moon interferes, but the Lyrids are bright, too, and can withstand some moonlight.