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As seen from North America, the waxing crescent moon pairs with Saturn on October 25, Antares on October 26 and Mars on October 27.
Tonight | Oct 25, 2014

Will you see moon, Saturn and star Antares on October 25?

Waxing crescent moon, Saturn and star Antares tough to spot tonight in N. Hemisphere as dusk ebbs toward darkness. Easier from the S. Hemisphere! Moon will move past Mars in next few days.

X-ray view of Deneb Kaitos via NASA/CXC
Tonight | Oct 24, 2014

Star of the week: Deneb Kaitos is the Sea-Monster’s Tail

Look for Deneb Kaitos – brightest star in Cetus the Whale – highest in the sky around mid-evening in northern autumn.

Solar eclipse November 3, 2013 by Ken Christison
Blogs | Oct 23, 2014

Dates of lunar and solar eclipses in 2014 and 2015

Upcoming eclipses.

Tonight | Oct 23, 2014

October 23, 2014 partial solar eclipse

It’s a partial solar eclipse, so you’ll need eye protection when the moon passes in front of the sun for North American viewers on October 23, 2014.

Blogs | Oct 23, 2014

Is it possible to have three eclipses in one month?

Three eclipses in one calendar month are rare. Three eclipses in one lunar month are more common. From 2000-2050, it happens 14 times.

Original Iroquois League was known as the Five Nations
Blogs | Oct 22, 2014

Solar eclipse marked beginning of Iroquois Confederacy

A total solar eclipse of August 22, 1142 may have coincided with the birth of the Iroquois Confederacy, oldest democracy in North America and possibly on Earth.

Tonight | Oct 22, 2014

Partial solar eclipse for North America on October 23

North America will have a ringside seat to the partial eclipse of the sun on October 23, 2014. Eclipse times and more in this post.

Here is a beautiful aurora, with an Orionid meteor falling above it.  Photo taken in 2013 by Tommy Eliassen Photography in Norway.
Tonight | Oct 21, 2014

Keep watching for Orionid meteors on October 21-22

Will you see any Orionid meteors tonight? Good chance, even though this morning before dawn might have presented the peak numbers.

Halley's Comet at its 1910 visit.  The famous astronomer Edward Emerson Barnard at Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin took this photo.
Tonight | Oct 20, 2014

Orionid meteor shower on night of October 20-21

2014 is an excellent year for the annual Orionid meteor shower. Expect to see about 10 to 15 meteors per hour on the peak morning, October 21.

To see Mars from Earth on October 19, 2014, look westward after sunset.  Mars is faint and far across the solar system now.  You'll need a telescope to see the comet near Mars.
Tonight | Oct 19, 2014

How to see Mars from Earth, as Comet Siding Spring sweeps past

How to see Mars – and some tip to telescopic observations the comet – on this special day. Also, how the comet might look from Mars!