Year’s fastest sunsets happen around equinoxes

The year's fastest sunsets are at the equinoxes, and the slowest are at the solstices. We're talking about the minutes needed for the sun to sink below the horizon.

Harvest Moon 2021: All you need to know

In 2021, the Northern Hemisphere's Harvest Moon falls on September 20, or less than 2 days before the autumn equinox.

Ceres at opposition, coming up November 27

Ceres at opposition on November 27. Now begins the best time to observe it. In the first few days of November, Ceres will sweep past bright Aldebaran.

What are red giants?

What are red giants? Most main-sequence stars, like our sun, will become one. Red giants swell to such a large size they can swallow their inner planets.

Are day and night equal at the equinox?

Are day and night equal at an equinox? No. Earth's atmosphere and our sun team up to give us more day than night at an equinox.

Mercury greatest elongation September 14, best for S. Hemisphere

Watch for Mercury from Southern Hemisphere locations in late August, through September, 2021. Meanwhile, from northerly latitudes, bring binoculars!

Neptune at opposition September 14, 2021

Neptune at opposition - 180 degrees from the sun or opposite the sun in the sky - on September 14, 2021. You need optical aid to spot it. Links to charts here.

Zodiacal light: All you need to know

The zodiacal light is an eerie light extending up from the horizon before true dawn begins. Southern Hemisphere? Look after sunset!

Farthest quarter moon on August 30

In August 2021, the year's farthest quarter moon occurs as the moon reaches last quarter and closest lunar apogee at nearly the same time.

Best Milky Way pics of 2021

Capture the Atlas announced its 2021 Milky Way Photographer of the Year. This annual edition showcases 25 of the best Milky Way photos from around the world.