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Bruce McClure

Is Sirius the most luminous star in the sky?

Sirius is the brightest star in Earth's sky because of how close it is to us. It's so bright you might see glints of different colors flashing from it.

Year’s latest solar noon happens on February 11

February 11 has 2024's latest solar noon by the clock. Solar noon is a natural event, the instant when the sun is at its highest point for the day.

Mizar and Alcor in the bend of the Big Dipper

Mizar and Alcor are a famous pair of stars located at the bend of the handle of the Big Dipper. Can you see both without using binoculars?

The April 8 eclipse is part of Saros 139. What does that mean?

Enjoy the April 8 eclipse as you witness the 30th of 71 member eclipses in the illustrious procession known as Saros 139. Learn more here.

Meet Taurus the Bull in the February evening sky

Taurus the Bull resides near the constellation Orion. It contains 2 famous star clusters that are easy to spot; they are the Pleiades and the Hyades.

The Hyades star cluster: The Face of Taurus the Bull

You can easily see the V-shaped Hyades star cluster, Face of Taurus the Bull, and the bright reddish star Aldebaran, the fiery Eye of the Bull.

Meet the Winter Circle, aka the Winter Hexagon

The brightest stars in the Northern Hemisphere's winter sky form the shape of the Winter Circle, or Hexagon, that will help you locate 6 constellations.

Elnath is a bright star close to the galactic anticenter

The galactic anticenter is opposite the Milky Way's center from our viewpoint on Earth. The closest bright star to the anticenter is Taurus the Bull's Elnath.

Year’s earliest solar noon on November 3

November 3 brings the year's earliest solar noon - that is, earliest midday - by nature's clock. It's a harbinger of the Northern Hemisphere's earliest sunset.

What is stellar magnitude?

The brightest stars to the eye are 1st magnitude, and dimmest stars to the eye are 6th magnitude. How does stellar magnitude work in astronomy?