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Use the moon to catch Mercury before dawn in late September, 2016. Then watch as Jupiter pairs with Mercury in the picturesque glow of dawn on October 11.
2016’s September equinox arrives on the 22nd. Happy autumn (or spring)!
Looking for something to do on the weekends? At star parties, amateur astronomers with telescopes will show you the night sky. Find one near you …
On the day of the equinox, the center of the sun would set about 12 hours after rising – given a level horizon, as at sea, and no atmospheric refraction.
This year’s Harvest Moon on September 16 happens to be an especially close and large full moon. Some will call it a supermoon. Notice that it’s very bright!
The sun will stay in front of the constellation Virgo until it passes in front of the constellation Libra on October 30.
Here’s one you might not know … the intriguing relationship between supermoons and the famous 18-year Saros cycle of eclipses.
A phenomenon known as a “minor lunar standstill” will cause a shift in characteristic moonrise times on the nights around this year’s Harvest Moon.
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.
Take a dip in the Lagoon and Trifid nebulae on these September evenings, especially if you’re in a place where you can see the starlit band of the Milky Way.
If you were looking with the eye alone, how far away in space would our planet Earth still be visible?
August 27, 2016 was the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus. Sky’s 2 brightest planets. Closest conjunction of any 2 planets in 2016.
See Mars, Saturn and the star Antares in a line on our sky’s dome. Photos here from the EarthSky community. Thanks to all who posted!
We thought we might get through this summer without the dumb hoax about Mars as big as a full moon rearing its head. But, no.
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.
The next eclipse is an annular solar eclipse on September 1, 2016.
Every calendar year has at least 4, but 5, 6 or even 7 eclipses are also possible. Why don’t we see them all?
Perseid meteor shower peak was predicted for the morning of August 12. If you missed it, watch for meteors in a country sky between midnight and dawn Saturday morning.
The Perseid meteor shower probably peaked on the night of August 11-12. Look for meteors tonight, too, and especially in the hours before dawn on August 13.
Two photos of this week’s planet and moon spectacular, from a master sky photographer, from one of Earth’s most pristine skies.
Star party ahead