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Astronomy Essentials

Geminid meteor by Mike O'Neal.
Blogs | Tonight | Dec 09, 2013

Everything you need to know: Geminid meteor shower

Don’t let the moonlight discourage you. These meteors are bright! No matter your location, Geminid meteors will fall most abundantly after midnight on December 13 and 14.

Leonids via NASA
Tonight | Nov 16, 2013

Everything you need to know: Leonid meteor shower

The famous Leonid meteor shower is nearing its annual peak. Here’s all you need to know to watch the 2013 Leonid shower.

Looking north in November
Tonight | Nov 15, 2013

Use Big Dipper to find bright star Capella in fall

You can use the Big Dipper to find the bright star Capella in the constellation Auriga. The top two bowl stars point toward Capella. Chart here.

Comet Lovejoy via Ian Musgrave
Photos | Tonight | Nov 07, 2013

Best photos of Comet Lovejoy near Beehive star cluster

Comet Lovejoy has been visible with binoculars in the predawn sky, near the famous Beehive star cluster. How to spot it, plus best photos, here.

Map via skyandtelescope.com.
Blogs | Nov 02, 2013

Hybrid solar eclipse on November 3

Much of the world can see at least a partial solar eclipse on Sunday, November 3. From North America’s east coast, the eclipse will be in progress at sunrise.

Photo via Kurt Magoon on Flickr
Tonight | Oct 31, 2013

Halloween derived from ancient Celtic cross-quarter day

Yes, Halloween is an astronomical holiday.

Image via Stefano De Rosa
Tonight | Oct 17, 2013

Everything you need to know: Hunter’s Moon 2013

The Hunter’s Moon is the full moon after the Harvest Moon. In 2013, it falls on the night of October 18-19 or 19-20.

Telescopic view of daytime Venus (l) and moon via NASA
Blogs | Oct 06, 2013

Opportunity to see Venus in daytime on October 7 and 8

October 7 and 8, 2013 present two chances for seeing Venus in daylight, because the moon appears near this planet.

Self-portrait by Dan Bush
Tonight | Sep 02, 2013

EarthSky’s top 10 tips for super stargazers

Here are some simple tips for creating a link between yourself and the night sky.

Meteor, or shooting star, via NASA
Blogs | Sep 01, 2013

You might see some meteors in early September

The peak of the Aurigid meteor shower has passed, but you still might see meteors in early September. Expect a handful each hour in a clear, dark sky.