Yay! It’s almost meteor season again. Next up … the Lyrid meteor shower on the mornings of April 22 and 23.
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 shortest lunar month of 2015 starts with the April 18 new moon and ends May 18. Learn about the varying lengths of the lunar months, here.
The intriguing cycle of closest and farthest moons. Plus, dates for 2015’s 13 perigees (closest points) and 13 apogees (farthest points).
Three planets easy to see throughout April 2015. Venus and Jupiter at nightfall. Saturn late evening on. Mercury joins after sunset in late April.
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.
Three eclipses in one calendar month are rare. Three eclipses in one lunar month are more common. From 2000-2050, it happens 14 times.
Happy equinox, everyone! The 2015 vernal or spring (or fall) equinox comes on March 20 at 22:45 UTC (5:45 p.m. CDT).
There are currently 40 different Saros series in progress, each with its own assigned number. The total solar eclipse of March 20, 2015 belongs to Saros 120.
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.
From Earth’s North and South Poles, all the stars appear as circumpolar. No star rises or sets. At Earth’s equator, no star is circumpolar. And in between?
Groundhog Day – a celebration with its roots in astronomy – comes every year on February 2. It’s the year’s first “cross-quarter” day.
Will you see the Scorpion’s stinger stars – Shaula and Lesath – in the cold dawn sky? Look southeast anytime this month, to enjoy a Pawnee version of Groundhog Day.
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.
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.
No major meteor showers are predicted until the Lyrid shower, peaking on the morning of April 23, 2015. Between now and then … fireball season!
December solstice 2014 is December 21. Earth is closest to the sun in 2015 on January 4. Coincidence?
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.
You might see the 2015 Quadrantid meteor shower peak in moon-free skies just before dawn on January 3 or 4.
Sirius should be called the New Year’s star. It celebrates the birth of 2015 by reaching its highest point in the sky around the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.