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Ring of fire eclipse on Sunday

The February 26, 2017 annular solar eclipse – aka a ring of fire eclipse – will be visible from parts of Earth’s Southern Hemisphere.

What is the zodiacal light?

The zodiacal light is an eerie light extending up from the horizon. Late winter/early spring is a great time to see it.

Arc to Arcturus, the springtime star

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.

When does the Age of Aquarius begin?

The Age of Aquarius starts when the vernal equinox point moves out of constellation Pisces and into Aquarius. When will that be? There’s no definitive answer.

Moon, Saturn, Antares early Monday

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!

Star brightness versus star luminosity

Some extremely large and hot stars blaze away with the luminosity of a million suns! But other stars look bright only because they’re near Earth.

Moon, Antares, Saturn early Sunday

Late tonight – February 18, 2017 – or before dawn Sunday, look for planet Saturn and star Antares close to the wide waning moon.

Gemini? Here’s your contellation

How to see the constellation Gemini in the night sky, plus some of ancient lore about the legendary Twins.

Venus brightest around February 16

Venus is brighter around February 16-17, 2017 than at any other time during its ongoing, approximate, 9.6-month reign in the evening sky.

Got 5 minutes? Learn to see Saturn

June, July and August are especially good months for viewing Saturn in 2017. But you can find it this month, too, especially when the moon sweeps past on February 19, 20 and 21.