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A waning crescent moon is sometimes called an old moon. It’s seen in the east before dawn.
Venus has been in our evening sky since July, but very near the sunset glare. Now this brightest of planets is beginning to climb out of the sunset.
Regulus is considered the Heart of the Lion in the constellation Leo. Learn to recognize and its constellation in the next few mornings.
Fun time to see a last quarter moon: just after it rises, shortly after midnight. Then the lighted portion points downward, to the sun below your feet.
When the sun or a star transits, it’s at its highest in the sky. Deneb’s transit at nightfall marks a shift toward winter – or summer – depending on where you are.
Astronomers use astronomical units – or AU – to describe solar system distances. Definition of AU here. Also, mean distances in AU to prominent solar system objects.
Details on the annual Orionid meteor shower. How and when to watch. In 2016, the peak mornings is October 21, but, by then, the moon will be in the way.
Look for Deneb Kaitos – brightest star in Cetus the Whale – highest in the sky around mid-evening.
On October 21, 22 and 23, you’ll find the moon traveling in front of the constellation Gemini the Twins, to the south of its bright stars Castor and Pollux.
Orionid meteors probably most prolific in the few hours before dawn Friday. The moon will prove troublesome this year.
The Andromeda galaxy is the closest big galaxy to our Milky Way. Here are a couple of different ways to find it. Just be sure your sky is dark!
Small Magellanic Cloud resembles a luminous cloud, but it’s really a dwarf galaxy, orbiting our Milky Way. Here’s how to see it, from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere.
Look here for information about all the major meteor showers between now and the year’s end.
The Northern Hemisphere’s Hunter’s Moon – and the 1st of 3 supermoons in 2016 – has come and gone. The moon is now waning and rising later at night.
From much of the US, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America and southeast Canada, Aldebaran will disappear behind the moon’s lit side and reappear on its dark side.
The moon is up during the day half the time, as it orbits Earth once a month. The next few mornings are a good time to notice a daytime moon.
The October 15 full moon is the Northern Hemisphere’s Hunter’s Moon and a supermoon. But all full moons are special. Here’s why.
If you live at northerly latitudes, the waning moon tonight will rise sooner than you might expect. If you live in the S. Hemisphere, it’ll rise later!
The Northern Hemisphere’s full Hunter’s Moon for 2016 falls the nights of October 15 and 16. Will it be bigger, brighter, more colorful?
In late October, Venus is the bright object in the west each evening. Jupiter is the bright object in the east before dawn!
Have you seen Venus?