Skip to Main Content

Citizen Scientist Topics

  • The 2004 Geminid Meteor Shower

    2004Sept. 20, 2011

    The best meteor shower of 2004 peaks on Dec. 13th.

  • The MoonEclipses Jupiter

    2004April 6, 2011

    Mark your calendar. On Tuesday, Dec. 7th, about an hour before sunrise, the crescent Moon will eclipse Jupiter.

  • The 2004 Perseid Meteor Shower

    2004April 6, 2011

    Meteoroids in space since the Civil War will spice up this summer's Perseid meteor shower.

  • Venus and the Pleiades

    2004April 6, 2011

    This weekend, the planet Venus will have a rare close encounter with the Pleiades star cluster.

  • The Transit of Venus: North American Viewer's Guide

    2004April 6, 2011

    The 2004 Transit of Venus will be visible from eastern parts of North America on June 8th.

  • Spellbinding Planets

    2004April 6, 2011

    You won't want to miss this: Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest planets, will be beautifully close together just before sunrise on Thursday, Nov. 4th, and Friday, Nov. 5th.

  • Horseflies and Meteors

    2004April 6, 2011

    Like bugs streaking colorfully down the side window of a moving car, Earthgrazing Perseid Meteorscould put on a pleasing show after sunset on August 11th.

  • UFO Planet

    2004April 6, 2011

    The planet Venus, so bright it is often mistaken for an alien spaceship, reaches maximum brilliance this week. Through a small telescope or a good pair of binoculars, Venus looks like a beautiful crescent.

  • A Magical Morning

    2004April 6, 2011

    Would you like to see a piece of Halley's Comet streak past a planet that looks like an exploding star? This week you can, on Thursday, Oct. 21st, when the Orionid meteor shower peaks.

  • A Gathering of Planets: Part II

    2004April 6, 2011

    Four planets, six moons, Earthshine, lunar mountains, the phases of Venus, a planet-sized hurricane and Saturn's rings: you can see them all this week.