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Venus and Jupiter will be exceedingly close together Saturday evening!  Don't miss them low in the west, shortly after sunset.

Venus-Jupiter conjunction August 27

Spectacular Venus-Jupiter conjunction! They’re the two brightest planets, and it’s the closest conjunction of two planets in all of 2016. Don’t miss it!

Mars moves in between the planet Saturn and the star Antares on August 24, 2016.Read more

2016’s great Mars and Saturn conjunction

Mars, Saturn and the star Antares have madeĀ a triangle in our sky for months. Now see them in a straight(ish) line.


Cassiopeia points to Andromeda galaxy

Easiest way to find the large spiral galaxy next door. Try it, next time you’re under a dark sky.


Dates of lunar and solar eclipses in 2016

The next eclipse is an annular solar eclipse on September 1, 2016.

Total solar eclipse via Fred Espenak

How many eclipses in 1 calendar year?

Every calendar year has at least 4, but 5, 6 or even 7 eclipses are also possible. Why don’t we see them all?

As autumn 2013 begins, there is a daytime moon in the morning sky.  Our friend Michelle Shoenberger Fritz captured it over Strasburg, Pennsylvania.

See the daytime moon

The daytime moon floats pale and beautiful against a blue sky. Look west after sunrise!


Quasi-conjunction of Mercury and Jupiter

Venus and Jupiter are super bright, near the sunset glare. Mercury is nearby.


Born under the sign of Ophiuchus?

Born between November 29 and December 18? If so, the sun passes in front of Ophiuchus on your birthday.

Image credit: Bruce Fingerwood

Moon past full. How to see Neptune

Tonight’s moon looks full but is already waning. This moon is near Neptune on the sky’s dome. How to find Neptune when the moon moves away.

Image credit: Katie Steiger-Meister/USFWS

Sturgeon, Green Corn Moon August 17-18

We in North America also call the August full moon the Corn Moon or Grain Moon. For us in the Americas, it comes before dawn Thursday.