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Geminid meteor in 2012 by Henry Shaw.

Learn to shoot photos of meteors

Want to try to capture a meteor on film? The first step is planning. The next step is to gather your equipment. Then on to the capture process itself.


What is a conjunction?

People get excited about conjunctions in astronomy, and they are often beautiful. EarthSky community member Tom Wildoner provides an illustration.


See all 5 bright planets after sunset

Three of the 5 planets are easy to see. Two aren’t so easy. Charts and info here that can help you see all 5 planets together in early August 2016.

Randy Baumhover captured this image at Meyers Creek Beach on the Oregon coast.

Top 10 tips for meteor-watchers

How to watch a meteor shower. Tips for beginners.

The star Skat is the 3rd-brightest in the faint constellation Aquarius.

Delta Aquarid radiant point near Skat

How to spot the radiant point for the Delta Aquarid meteor shower, going on now. Plus … why meteors in annual showers have radiant points.

David S. Brown caught this meteor on July 30, 2014, in southwest Wyoming.

Watch for Delta Aquarid meteors

Delta Aquarid shower officially began mid-July. Nominal peak July 28 or 29. The shower is long and rambling. If you watch the Perseids in August, you’ll see Delta Aquarids then, too.


Moon shadow in 2017 eclipse

Fly along with Earth’s shadow in a video depicting the path of the August 21, 2017 total eclipse of the sun, first eclipse over the continental U.S. since 1979.

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Watch Mercury and Venus set

What are the odds? Peter Lowenstein caught Venus and Mercury on the evening of their conjunction – July 16, 2016 – setting through a thin break in the clouds.

The large yellow shell depicts a light-year; the smaller yellow shell depicts a light-month. More details about this image at Wikimedia Commons.

How far is a light-year?

How can we comprehend the distances to the stars? This post brings the scale of light-years down to the scale of miles and kilometers.


See it! Young moon near Jupiter

The waxing crescent moon swept near Jupiter this weekend as seen from all parts of Earth. Photos from EarthSky friends, here …