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Solar System, Sky Watching
May 2, 2022
May 2022 skywatching highlights: Morning planets, a total lunar eclipse, and the second-closest open star cluster, which hangs out near the lion's tail.
collage of sky watching images with a body of water in the left, a pink glowing moon in the middle and a dark sky on the right.
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System, Earth, Sky Watching
Dec 3, 2021
What's Up for December? Your early evening highlights, a chance to catch a comet, and the annual Geminid meteors.
Image of moon above the horizon
Solar System, Sky Watching
Apr 7, 2021
Look for the rosy arch known as the Belt of Venus at sunset, then find the constellation Leo overhead on April evenings. Also check out Jupiter and Saturn with the Moon on April 6.
What's Up in the Solar System
Solar System, Sky Watching
Jan 31, 2020
Scientists think planets, including the Earth, form inside giant disks of gas and dust that circle young stars. Observing these disks, called protoplanetary disks, teaches us how long it takes planets to form. Until recently astronomers thought that protoplanetary disks all faded away after just a... Read More
Peter Pan Disk
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System, Sky Watching
Sep 9, 2019
Neptune will be at opposition in September, providing sky watchers and astronomers the opportunity to observe this planet that is invisible to the naked eye, but that scientists would love to see more clearly.
Eye on Neptune Poster
ISS, Sky Watching, Meteor Showers
Dec 13, 2018
The Geminids meteor shower will be viewed from above by the Meteor camera on the International Space Station, as well as from below by sky watchers on Earth.
Enjoying the Geminids From Above and Below Poster
Solar System, Sky Watching
Dec 12, 2018
People around the world have the opportunity to participate in the study of comet 46P/Wirtanen as it has a close approach with Earth in December of 2018
You Light Up Our Night Poster
Sky Watching, Meteor Showers
Aug 10, 2018
The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks on the night of August 12 into the morning of August 13. With a clear sky, observers will be able to see up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak.
Nature’s Fireworks Show in August Poster
Sky Watching, Meteor Showers
Aug 10, 2018
The fireworks show you watched in July most likely lasted 20 minutes. But in August, you can watch some celestial fireworks that will last hours and hours. This is the Perseid Meteor Shower. With a clear sky, observers will be able to see up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak.  
Nature’s Fireworks Show in August Poster
Sky Watching
Jul 26, 2018
The July 27th night sky offers treats for sky watchers -- and listeners -- around the globe.
Something for Every Sky Watcher Poster
Sky Watching
Jul 26, 2018
Go outside on a clear night, look up, and consider the following. Standing on Earth’s surface, we are part of the universe’s perpetual symphony of heavenly bodies rotating on their axes and revolving around one another in an intricate rhythm. As far as we know, we’re the only ones “listening” and... Read More
Something for Every Sky Watcher Poster
Solar System, Sky Watching
Jun 14, 2018
What's up in the night sky this month? Enjoy a ringside seat for Saturn, plus a night long parade featuring Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Vesta!
What's Up June 2018
Sky Watching
May 3, 2018
What's Up for May? The moon and Saturn meet Mars in the morning as NASA's Insight spacecraft launches to the red planet on May 5.
Silhouette of people looking at the night sky
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System, Sky Watching
Apr 4, 2018
The Moon, Mars and Saturn form a pretty triangle in early April, The Lyrid Meteors are visible in late April, peaking high overhead on the 22nd.
What's Up April 2018