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Deborah Byrd

Comet Leonard: Now’s the time to start watching

The first comet to be found in 2021 was Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1). It might become the brightest comet of this year! Charts and more info here.

Visible planets – and more – in late November and December 2021

All you need to know about finding visible planets and stars near the moon - plus meteor showers, the solstice and more - in late November and December 2021.

Venus brightest for 2021 around December 3

Look for Venus brightest in the sky in late November and early December of 2021. Look for it west after sunset on a clear night. You can't miss it!

Edwin Hubble and the expanding universe

In 2018, the International Astronomical Union voted to rename Hubble's law as the Hubble–Lemaître law to share credit between Edwin Hubble and Georges Lemaître.

Leonid meteor shower peaks morning of November 17, in moonlight

2021's Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak on the morning of November 17, during the dark hours before dawn. Charts, tips and details here.

Surtsey, volcanic island, emerged in 1963

On November 14, 1963, volcanic island Surtsey rose from the sea. Scientists have since studied the natural colonization of plants and animals on it.

Permafrost thaw in the Arctic, in the next 30 years

Permafrost thaw in the Arctic is as one of the most immediate problems of global warming. A new assessment of communities at risk.

Moon, Saturn, Jupiter November 9, 10 and 11

Moon, Saturn, Jupiter! The waxing crescent moon will sweep past the planets on November 9, 10 and 11, 2021. Watch for Venus, too, to the west.

Moon and Venus November 6, 7 and 8

The moon and Venus are near one another in the sky around November 6, 7 and 8, 2021. Look west after sunset for the waxing crescent near the brightest planet.

Uranus at opposition November 4

Uranus at opposition is one of the best times to spot the seventh planet from the sun. On November 4, 2021, Uranus reaches opposition during a new moon.