Ursid meteor shower peaks morning of December 22

The Ursid meteor shower always peaks around the December solstice. The dark hours before dawn are best. This year, a nearly full moon interferes.

June full moon mimics December sun

Why the June full moon will take the same path across the night sky that the December sun travels in daytime. Also, a word about the upcoming Blue Moon.

Leo loses his tail. We gain a constellation

The constellation Leo once had a tail, a clump of faint stars. Now these same stars are known as Coma Berenices, the hair of a queen.

Big Dipper stars point to North Star

The 2 outermost stars in the bowl of the Big Dipper always point to the North Star, aka Polaris. That's why astronomers call these stars The Pointers.

Achernar marks the end of the River

The bright, southerly star Achernar marks the end of the River in the constellation Eridanus. Many at northerly latitudes make a game of trying to catch a glimpse of it.

Moon in Taurus on January 22, 23 and 24

The bright waxing gibbous moon shines in front of the constellation Taurus the Bull on January 22, 23 and 24, 2021. Here's how to look for the famous Pleiades star cluster and Taurus' brightest star, Aldebaran. The moon will pass between them on these nights.

Geminid meteors best on December 13-14

The shower is best around 2 a.m., but watch from late evening until dawn. The best morning is likely December 14, 2020.

See a celestial Chariot in December

The constellation Auriga the Charioteer also has several easy-to-find and very famous star clusters that you can spot with binoculars.

Cassiopeia, Queen of the north

Cassiopeia - sometimes called The Lady of the Chair - is famous for having the shape of a telltale W or M.

When is my earliest sunset?

For the southernmost US and similar latitudes, the earliest sunsets of the year are happening now. Your earliest sunset depends on your latitude, but always comes before the winter solstice.