Amazing photo of a meteor streaking right in front of Venus

EarthSky’s 2021 meteor shower guide

All you need to know about major meteor showers in 2021.

Sun’s entry into zodiac constellations, 2021

The sun entered the constellation Sagittarius on December 18, 2020. It’ll cross into the constellation Capricornus on January 20, 2021. Look here for dates of the sun’s entry into the zodiacal constellations for 2021.

Why are the stars so bright tonight?

In late December – and in January and February – our evening sky faces away from the Milky Way’s star-rich center. We look toward the depths of space beyond our galaxy’s boundaries and toward some close, bright stars in our local spiral arm.

Jupiter and Saturn above bright city lights.

Your photos of 2020’s historic Jupiter-Saturn conjunction

Jupiter and Saturn’s great conjunction – where they appeared exceedingly close on the sky’s dome – was December 21. Thank you to EarthSky community members from around the world who captured photos!

A man extending his arm to the sky, as if to hold the planets Jupiter and Saturn.

All you need to know: 2020’s great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn

Jupiter and Saturn at conjunction are only 0.1 degree apart. Don’t miss them! Info, charts, photos here.

Jupiter and Saturn, annotated, above holidays lights.

Will Jupiter and Saturn appear as one star in 2020?

Jupiter and Saturn – the 2 biggest planets in our solar system – are very close together on December 21. Will they look like one star? Some answers here. Plus, possible astronomical explanations for the Star of Bethlehem or Christmas star.

All you need to know: 2020’s December solstice

Late dawn. Early sunset. Short day. Long night. December solstice 2020 arrives on December 21 at 10:02 UTC. High summer for the Southern Hemisphere. For the Northern Hemisphere, the return of more sunlight!

Solstice tale of two cities

December solstice sunrise comes at the same time for St. Augustine, Florida, and New York City. But St. Augustine has an hour more of daylight than New York. Here’s why.

Ursid meteors peak around the solstice

This annual shower always peaks around the December solstice. The dark hours before dawn are best.

The Large Magellanic Cloud, our galactic neighbor

The Large Magellanic Cloud is a petite galaxy visible with the unaided eye – all year round – for those in the Southern Hemisphere. This small neighboring galaxy to the Milky Way is somewhere between spiral and irregular in shape.