Venus brightest for 2022 around now

Look for Venus brightest in the sky in early 2022. See it at greatest brilliancy February 9. Check for this shining planet in the eastern morning sky.

Visible planets, stars, moon, more, late January and February

Find out how to see the visible planets, such as Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, in late January and early February 2022.

New comet C/2021 O3 might brighten in May 2022

Newly discovered comet C/2021 O3 (PanSTARRS) will sweep near the sun and Earth in April and May of 2022. Charts for skywatchers here.

Large comet C/2017 K2 to pass Earth in July 2022

Comet C/2017 K2 (PanSTARRS) will brighten in our skies this summer. You can watch it with a small telescope for 4 months.

Which spiral arm of the Milky Way holds our sun?

The sun is about half the distance from the center of the Milky Way galaxy to its outer edges, located in a smaller spiral arm, the Orion Arm.

What is the zodiac?

Maybe you associate the word "zodiac" with astrology, but it has an honored place in astronomy, too. It's defined by the annual path of the sun across our sky.

Venus passages compared: 2017 to 2022

Venus will sweep near the sun in our sky (inferior conjunction) on January 8-9. Astronomer Guy Ottewell uses his great skill at illustration to compare this with past Venus passages.

Inferior conjunction – Venus between sun and Earth – January 8-9

Venus comes to inferior conjunction - passing between Earth and sun - in 2022 at 1 UTC on January 9 (7 p.m. CST on January 8).

The 5 petals of Venus and its 8-year cycle

Learn about the 8-year cycle of Venus in our sky and the petals of Venus, a rhythmic motion of Venus when viewed from an Earth-centered perspective.

Lunar libration: January 7 moon maximum for 2022

One side of the moon always faces Earth. Even so, over time, it's possible to see as much as 59% of the moon's surface, due to lunar libration.