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You’ll always know it’s the sky’s brightest star, Sirius, if the very noticeable constellation Orion the Hunter is nearby.
Spectacular Venus-Jupiter conjunction! They’re the two brightest planets, and it’s the closest conjunction of two planets in all of 2016. Don’t miss it!
61 Cygni isn’t bright. But it moves exceptionally rapidly against the background of more distant stars. Its motion reveals its nearness to Earth.
On August evenings, in a dark country sky, you’ll easily spot the starlit band of our huge, flat Milky Way galaxy.
The constellation Cepheus represents a King, but looks like the stick house that children draw.
We showed you how to use Cassiopeia to find this galaxy. Now try star-hopping from the Great Square of Pegasus.
We thought we might get through this summer without the dumb hoax about Mars as big as a full moon rearing its head. But, no.
Mars, Saturn and the star Antares have made a triangle in our sky for months. Now see them in a straight(ish) line.
Look for the waning gibbous moon to rise in the middle of the night. It might look strangely oblong.
Easiest way to find the large spiral galaxy next door. Try it, next time you’re under a dark sky.
Tips on eclipse-watching. Order your eclipse glasses now!
The daytime moon floats pale and beautiful against a blue sky. Look west after sunrise!
Venus and Jupiter are super bright, near the sunset glare. Mercury is nearby.
Deneb is one of the most distant stars you will see with your eye alone. That’s because it’s one of the most luminous stars in the Milky Way galaxy.
Born between November 29 and December 18? If so, the sun passes in front of Ophiuchus on your birthday.
You know it when you see it, but what makes a full moon full?
Tonight’s moon looks full but is already waning. This moon is near Neptune on the sky’s dome. How to find Neptune when the moon moves away.
We in North America also call the August full moon the Corn Moon or Grain Moon. For us in the Americas, it comes before dawn Thursday.
Mercury is in the west after sunset, and it’s farthest from the sun tonight for this evening apparition. How to spot it.
Earth’s shadow is a deep blue-grey, darker than the twilight sky. The pink band above the shadow – in the east after sunset, or west before dawn – is called the Belt of Venus.
Best photos of Venus and Jupiter!