If you missed Mars last weekend near the moon, don’t worry. Mars is very bright and very red now. You can’t miss it in the night sky. By October, it’ll outshine Jupiter! Start watching it now, and enjoy the fun.
Posted by Deborah Byrd in Astronomy Essentials | Today's Image|3 weeks ago
Earth will pass between Mars and the sun in October 2020, and the distance between our 2 worlds is now relatively small. And so Mars is very bright now! Thanks to all in the EarthSky Community who captured Mars near the moon this past weekend.
Posted by Deborah Byrd in Astronomy Essentials | Today's Image|1 month ago
These stunning photos – taken by the talented photographers in our own EarthSky community – are from earlier this month, when the moon was less bright in the evening sky. See the Milky Way – the edgewise view into our own galaxy – plus Jupiter, Saturn and meteors here!
In 2020, the peak mornings for the Perseid meteor shower – August 11, 12 and 13 – will feature meteors under moonlight. Still, the Perseids are bright. We expect a good number to overcome the moonlight. Here’s how to optimize your chances.
Posted by Andy Briggs in Astronomy Essentials | Space|2 months ago
Unlike the open star clusters – containing sibling stars, scattered through the disk of our galaxy and presumably other galaxies – globular clusters are big, symmetrical and old, like an earthly city’s oldest and most staid citizens.