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Best places to watch 2017 eclipse

Here are 10 great viewing spots to watch the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, weather permitting.

See 4 planets during 2017 solar eclipse

During a total solar eclipse, the daytime sky darkens, and bright stars and planets pop into view. Charts here, identifying which ones for the August 21, 2017 eclipse.

What are spring fireballs?

The rate of fireballs – or bright meteors – has been observed to go up in the Northern Hemisphere by as much as 30% from February through April. 2016 was a good year for spring fireballs. 2017, not so much.

Add your eclipse event to the AAS map

The American Astronomical Society is the U.S. association of professional astronomers. The Society wants to help you publicize your event for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.

March 4 moon hides Aldebaran

The occultation by the moon of Aldebaran – brightest star in Taurus the Bull – was visible from North America. Great set of photos here from the EarthSky community!

Astro festivals, star parties, workshops

The season for star parties – where amateur astronomers with telescopes will show you the night sky – is just ahead. Find one near you …

Catch Comet Encke this evening!

The comet’s orbital period is short – only 3.3 years – and the orbit is relatively close to Earth. Encke’s Comet is now on its 63rd known visit to our part of space.

What is the zodiacal light?

The zodiacal light is an eerie light extending up from the horizon. Late winter/early spring is a great time to see it.

Star brightness versus star luminosity

Some extremely large and hot stars blaze away with the luminosity of a million suns! But other stars look bright only because they’re near Earth.

Gemini? Here’s your contellation

How to see the constellation Gemini in the night sky, plus some of ancient lore about the legendary Twins.