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International Observe the Moon Night

A public event coming up on October 28. Events scheduled around the globe. Click in for more info and links.

5 faint Draconid meteors

The naysayers were wrong. Some did catch some Draconid meteors this weekend, in the narrow window between sunset and moonrise.

Tonight, find the Andromeda galaxy

The Andromeda galaxy is the closest big galaxy to our Milky Way. Here are a couple of different ways to find it. Just be sure your sky is dark!

Did the moon once have air?

We know that ancient lunar volcanos spewed lava. Gases rising from the lava might have accumulated around the moon to form a temporary atmosphere, 3 to 4 billion years ago.

5 new pairs of merging supermassive black holes

Merging black holes are the sorts of catastrophic events that produce the strongest gravitational waves. Scientists just announced 5 new pairs, in the centers of distant galaxies.

Close encounters of the planet kind

Brilliant Venus and faint Mars swept close last week, in the east before sunup. Check out these awesome photos!

All you need to know: Draconids in 2017

The Draconids are best seen in the evening hours. In 2017, a bright waning gibbous moon will interfere, but still … give it a try!

This weekend, watch for the Draconids!

No one expects a Draconid meteor storm this year, but it’s fun to watch and see.

See it! 2017’s Harvest Moon

Photos and videos from the EarthSky community of 2017’s Harvest Moon. Thanks to all who submitted photos, or posted them to EarthSky Facebook!

Today in science: 1st planet orbiting a sunlike star

On October 6, 1995, astronomers announced 51 Pegasi b, a planet about half the mass of Jupiter, orbiting a star not unlike our sun.