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Orion Nebula: Where stars are born

To find the Orion Nebula in your night sky, look below Orion’s Belt. Your eye sees it as a tiny, hazy spot. But it’s a vast region of star formation.

Favorite photos from this weekend

The EarthSky community on Facebook outdid itself posting photos over the weekend of January 20-22, 2017. Thanks, everybody! Editors’ picks here.

Dates of lunar and solar eclipses in 2017

Dates of all solar and lunar eclipses this year, plus a preview of the great American total solar eclipse of 2017.

Vesta, brightest asteroid, brightest for 2017

If you’ve never spotted an asteroid, now would be a good time to try. Vesta’s 2017 opposition is around now. Guy Ottewell provides charts and explains more.

2017 is a lousy year for Mars, but wait!

Throughout 2017, Mars will appear as a faint and inconspicuous reddish star in our sky. But wait until 2018, when Mars will come closer to Earth than it has since 2003.

Why stars seem brighter this time of year

No matter where you are on Earth on December, January and February evenings, you’re looking toward bright stars in our local spiral arm.

See it! First full moon of 2017

In the Northern Hemisphere, the January full moon is sometimes known as the Wolf Moon. Howl at these awesome photos of the January’s full moon from EarthSky friends around the world.

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2017

All you need to know about 2017’s major meteor showers! How and when to watch, and more.

Is tonight’s moon a supermoon?

The first of 2017’s 12 full moons falls on today’s date. It’s the 3rd-closest full moon in 2017, but is it a supermoon? Even experts disagree. Learn why here.

Moon in 2017

Everything you want to know about the moon in 2017 – including phases, cycles, eclipses and supermoons – from world-renowned astronomer Fred Espenak.