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Geminid meteors peak December 12-13

With the meteors’ source – 3200 Phaethon – nearby, 2017 could be a fantastic year for this shower. Peak morning probably Thursday, but watch tomorrow and Friday mornings, too.

Can you see stars’ different colors?

Late December is the perfect time for noticing the colors of the stars. Never noticed them? Our sky chart can help guide your eye.

See a celestial Chariot in December

The constellation Auriga the Charioteer also has several easy-to-find and very famous star clusters that you can spot with binoculars.

Orion the Hunter and the Milky Way

The constellation Orion is very noticeable. Given a dark sky, you can see the luminous band of the Milky Way running behind it.

Moon and Regulus on December 8

Moon and star Regulus rise in the east at late evening and appear near each other for the rest of the night. Regulus is considered the Lion’s Heart.

Menkar is the Whale’s alpha star

It’s not the most famous star in Cetus the Whale, or the brightest, although it carries the designation Alpha. But Menkar has its own claims to fame.

N. Hemisphere? Watch for earliest sunsets

2017 solstice will arrive on December 21, but the earliest sunsets at mid-northern latitudes are happening now. S. Hemisphere? Then watch for your earliest sunrises.

Meet the Dog Stars

Dog Star Sirius is our sky’s brightest star. Dog Star Procyon isn’t as bright, but it’s easy to spot. Say howdy to these 2 tonight!

Use Orion’s Belt to find other stars

How to use Orion’s Belt to find 4 bright stars – Betelgeuse and Rigel in Orion – Aldebaran in Taurus the Bull and Sirius in Canis Major.

Moon and Gemini on December 4 and 5

Let tonight’s moon help you locate the constellation Gemini. One of Gemini’s brightest stars – Castor – is near the radiant point of the upcoming Geminid meteor shower.

December 2 moon is nearly full

It’s called a Long Night Moon because our nights are long now, and because this moon takes a high path across the sky. In the Southern Hemisphere … Short Night Moon!

Sun enters Ophiuchus on November 30

The sun always passes in front of Ophiuchus from about November 30 to December 18. That’s why some call Ophiuchus an unofficial member of the zodiac.

Moon near Uranus on November 29

Good night to locate constellation Pisces, behind the moon and Uranus. Then you can search for Pisces again – and maybe find Uranus, too – when the moon moves away.

Aries? Here’s your constellation

How to see Aries the Ram in your night sky, plus info about this constellation in astronomy history and mythology.

Moon near Neptune on November 26

You won’t see Neptune in the moon’s glare tonight, even with optical aid and a sky chart. Still, tonight’s moon can point the way for later this month.

Orion the Hunter now easy to view

The famous constellation Orion the Hunter is back in the evening sky! Its most recognizable feature is a short, straight line of 3 medium-bright stars.

Summer Triangle in northern autumn

The Summer Triangle is made up of the 3 brilliant stars Vega, Deneb and Altair. Look for it this evening in your western sky.

Hamal is an ancient equinox star

Hamal is the brightest star in Aries the Ram. How to find it in your sky.

Messier 33: 2nd-closest spiral galaxy

Triangulum galaxy, aka Messier 33. is 2.7 million light-years away, and the 3rd-largest member of our Local Group, after the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies.

Peer out our galaxy’s south window

Visualize looking from our Milky Way galaxy’s flat star-rich disk, into intergalactic space.