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The moon passed Venus Friday evening, but there’s more to come. Wonderful photos here! Thanks to all who submitted. Keep watching this post for more photos.
Three bright planets appear at nightfall in December 2016: Mercury, Venus and Mars. Jupiter reigns as the sole morning planet. Saturn is lost in the sun’s glare.
One journey of our sun and planets around the center of our Milky Way galaxy is sometimes called a cosmic year. That’s approximately 225-250 million Earth-years.
In late November 2016, the waning moon took aim on Jupiter in the predawn sky. It swept closest to it on the morning of November 25. Photos from around the world!
There’s the sky we can see, and, beyond that, a whole universe of objects we can’t see with the eye alone. Guy Ottewell gives you a way to project outward on this Thanksgiving evening.
Usually there are only 3 last quarter moons in a season. The November 21, 2016 last quarter moon, though, counts as the 3rd of four.
Here are all the details you need for 2016’s Leonid meteor shower, peaking on the morning of November 17 in the light of a bright moon.
A supermoon’s pull of gravity creates higher-than-usual tides. But gravity doesn’t affect a human body as much as it does an ocean tide.
The closest full moon since 1948 is coming up this weekend. When should you watch? What should you watch for? Are supermoons hype? Here’s all you need to know.
Where’s the best place to see the August 21, 2017 eclipse? Here are 10 great viewing spots to gaze upon nature’s grandest spectacle, weather permitting.
All you need to know about the 1st total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous U.S. since 1979, from eclipse master Fred Espenak. Start planning now!
Not just planets. Many bright stars will be seen near the eclipsed sun as well. Plan now for this spectacular eclipse, first total solar eclipse from contiguous U.S. since 1979!
The October 31 moon is farthest for this year. In about 2 weeks, we’ll have the closest moon since 1948. It’ll be a full moon and a supermoon.
Halloween, derived from Samhain, a festival of the ancient Celts and Druids, is a cross-quarter day – midway between the autumn equinox and winter solstice.
Lunar months vary in part because the moon’s orbit around Earth isn’t a perfect circle. Longest (and shortest) lunar months in 2016, here.
The North and South Taurid meteor showers are going on simultaneously now. They’re considered minor, but produce many fireballs, or bright meteors.
Details on the annual Orionid meteor shower. How and when to watch. In 2016, the peak mornings is October 21, but, by then, the moon will be in the way.
Look here for information about all the major meteor showers between now and the year’s end.
The Northern Hemisphere’s full Hunter’s Moon for 2016 falls the nights of October 15 and 16. Will it be bigger, brighter, more colorful?
The moon’s appearance in our sky follows a cycle. The cycle of minor lunar standstills diminishes some Hunter’s Moon characteristics in 2016.
Orion’s Belt and the Celestial Bridge
Gravity waves over China