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The zodiacal light is an eerie light extending up from the horizon. Late winter/early spring is a great time to see it.
And it’ll cause an eclipse. Read more about the upcoming new moon – and find links to info about Sunday’s “ring of fire” eclipse – here.
The Dog Star, Sirius, is easy to spot because it’s the sky’s brightest star. Procyon – the other Dog Star – is near its brighter brother on the sky’s dome.
Before going to bed tonight, locate the Big Dipper in your northern sky, and then follow the arc in the Dipper’s handle to find yellow-orange star Arcturus.
Lepus the Hare and Columba the Dove are 2 faint constellations near the easy-to-find constellation Orion. You need a dark sky to see them.
A waning crescent moon is sometimes called an old moon. It’s seen in the east before dawn. Next new moon is February 26 at 14:58 UTC.
You can see the M-shaped (or W-shaped) constellation Cassiopeia to find it. The Double Cluster in the constellation Perseus is beautiful in a dark sky.
If Rigel were as close as our sun, it would outshine the sun by 40,000 times!
If you see them, notice the colors of Saturn and Antares. Saturn is golden, and the star, Antares, is reddish. Plus you might notice Antares twinkling, while Saturn shines steadily!
A last quarter moon rises around midnight. It appears half illuminated from Earth. The exact last quarter phase will come on February 18, 2017 at 19:33 UTC.
How to see the constellation Gemini in the night sky, plus some of ancient lore about the legendary Twins.
Castor is one of 2 bright stars in the constellation Gemini the Twins. It appears as a single star, but it’s actually a multiple star system.
The two outermost stars in the bowl of the Big Dipper always point to the North Star, aka Polaris. That’s why astronomers call these stars The Pointers.
Watch for the moon late at night now, or before dawn. Last quarter moon will come on February 18.
Bright Jupiter near the moon on Valentine’s Night, 2017! Show your sweetheart, if you’ve got one, or treat yourself to a look.
From the Northern Hemisphere, look for the elusive zodiacal light, a hazy pyramid of light extending up from the sunset point. Southern Hemisphere? Look before dawn!
At this time of year – if you see Sirius, the sky’s brightest star, and notice another bright star below it – that second star is Canopus!
Enjoy the pairing of the waning gibbous moon and Regulus – brightest star in Leo the Lion – on February 11, 2017!
The Americas and Greenland see the penumbral lunar eclipse Friday evening. Europe, Africa, and Asia see it Saturday morning.
Sirius – the Dog Star – is the sky’s brightest star. It’s very easy to spot on winter and spring evenings.
Cherry blossoms opening in Japan