Mars in 2022: Earth flies between Mars and sun December 7-8

Mars has brightened throughout 2022 as it draws near its opposition on December 8. Plus, the moon will occult - pass in front of - Mars. Read more.

2022 December solstice: All you need to know

The 2022 December solstice takes place on December 21. Northern Hemisphere's shortest day. Southern Hemisphere's longest day. Happy solstice to all!

Comet 2022 E3 now in morning skies, brightening

Comet 2022 E3 (ZTF) is now in morning skies for the Northern Hemisphere. In early 2023, it should be visible in binoculars. Learn more here.

Visible planets and night sky December 2022

In December, the morning planet is Mars. In the evening, all five bright planets are visible, with Venus and Mercury climbing higher in the evening twilight.

Gegenschein is the glow of interplanetary dust

Project Nightflight's Erwin Matys and Karoline Mrazek explain what the gegenschein is and how you can see this elusive stargazing target.

Comets are icy balls of gas and dust

Comets are diffuse balls of ice and dust orbiting the sun. They're sometimes visible in our skies. A comet's tail can stretch millions of miles across space.

1st of 5 new supermoons in a row starting today

We will have 5 new supermoons in a row, starting on November 23, 2022. The January 21, 2023, new supermoon will be the closest new moon until 2145. Wow!

Is there a North Star for Mars?

Is there a North Star for Mars ... a guide star for future explorers? Not in any satisfying way. But Martian stargazers wouldn't lack for things to see!

Meteors in moonlight: 6 tips for 2022’s Leonids

Meteors in moonlight. It's not optimal, but it happens! Here's how to minimize the moon and optimize the Leonid meteor shower in 2022.

Meteor shower guide: Next up, the Geminids

Your meteor shower guide for 2022 and 2023. There are some good ones! Next up ... the Geminids followed by the December Ursids.