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Moon, Mars, in the constellation Virgo after sunset August 1 Read more
Tonight | Aug 01, 2014

Moon, Mars and star Spica after sunset August 1

The moon and Mars appear on opposite sides of Virgo’s brightest star, Spica. Over the next few evenings, watch as the moon moves past Mars and toward Saturn.

Skywatcher, by Predrag Agatonovic.
Tonight | Jul 31, 2014

August 2014 guide to the five visible planets

Moon near Saturn and Mars in early August. Closest supermoon of 2014 on August 10. Jupiter and Venus have closest conjunction of any two planets in 2014 before dawn on August 18.

Tonight | Jul 29, 2014

Star Skat is near radiant for Delta Aquarid meteors

How to spot it, plus an explanation of why meteors in annual showers have radiant points.

Tonight | Jul 29, 2014

Young moon and star Regulus low in west after sunset July 29

Look for the waxing crescent moon and bright star about 45 to 60 minutes after sunset Tuesday.

Radiant point of Delta Aquarid meteor shower
Tonight | Jul 28, 2014

Nominal Delta Aquarid peak on July 29 before dawn

This annual meteor shower will ramble along steadily for weeks, but the August 10 supermoon will begin to interfere. Start your 2014 meteor observing now.

Tonight | Jul 27, 2014

See Ophiuchus, 13th constellation of the Zodiac, tonight

The sun passes in front of Ophiuchus each year from November 29 to December 17.

Meteor seen during 2013 Eta Aquarid shower by Justin Ng
Tonight | Jul 26, 2014

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2014

Don’t wait until August 11, 12 and 13 to watch the Perseids in 2014. The moon will be in the way. Start watching for meteors now!

The planet Saturn shines in front of the constellation Libra in 2014, outshining Libra's two brightest stars, Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali. Libra? Here's your constellation
Tonight | Jul 26, 2014

Stars with cool names: Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali

Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali, in the constellation Libra the Scales, are often seen as a celestial Gateway. In 2014, Mars and Saturn are nearby.

Radiant point of Delta Aquarid meteor shower
Tonight | Jul 25, 2014

Go someplace dark! Meteors this weekend and in coming weeks

It’s time to watch meteors. The summertime meteor showers of 2014 get rolling early this year. Find a dark location and a wide-open view of the sky.

Perseid meteor
Tonight | Jul 24, 2014

Everything you need to know: Perseid meteor shower

In the N. Hemisphere, the annual August Perseid meteor shower ranks as the year’s favorite shower. A big, bright supermoon interferes in 2014. So start observing the Perseids soon!