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Look for Deneb Kaitos – brightest star in Cetus the Whale – highest in the sky around mid-evening.
This weekend is an awesome time to look for meteors in the annual Orionid shower. They’ll probably most prolific in the hours before dawn on October 21.
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.
Watch for this eerie light about 2 hours before sunrise in the Northern Hemisphere. From the Southern Hemisphere, watch for it after sunset.
Cassiopeia the Queen is one of the easiest-to-recognize constellations, having the shape of an M or W, Schedar is the Queen’s brightest star.
The Double Cluster in the constellation Perseus is a breathtaking pair of star clusters, each containing supergiant suns. How to find it in your sky.
Stay up late to see them, or get up before dawn, when the moon, Castor and Pollux will be high in the sky as seen from across the globe.
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!
Watch the moon travel toward Aldebaran in our sky’s dome, throughout the night of October 8. Then come back a night later, and see how far the moon has moved.
No one expects a Draconid meteor storm this year, but it’s fun to watch and see.
You don’t have to identify a meteor shower’s radiant point to watch the show. But the radiant of the Draconids is fun to find! Here are some ways to do it.
As it orbits Earth once a month, the moon is up during the day half the time, pale against the blue sky. You can see it this weekend, if you look.
Finding the star Alpheratz can help you spot the Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest large spiral galaxy to Earth.
Look for Aquarius the Water Bearer this month. How to find it, its famous Water Jar asterism, plus a few stories from the ancient myths.
The Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the September equinox. It’s tonight! Watch for it.
Out before dawn? Look for Sirius, a brilliant beauty of a star. You’ll always know it’s Sirius if you see Orion’s Belt pointing to it.
On October evenings, look for brilliant Arcturus in the west, flashing in colors. Follow the curve in the Big Dipper’s handle to this yellow-orange star.
From 41 degrees N. – and farther north – the Big Dipper is circumpolar, meaning it never sets. But from more southerly latitudes, the Dipper is below your horizon each evening now. Want to see it? Here’s how.
Believe it or not, the moon’s near side is its dark side, thanks to a collection of low-lying lunar plains, solidified remnants of ancient seas of molten magma.
Go outside around mid-evening – and learn to keep company with the loneliest star.
See it! Orionid meteors this weekend