High overhead lies Boötes, the Herdsman. Find it by looking for its prominent kite shape, which was noted by many ancient cultures. Just to the left of Boötes lies the Northern Crown, Corona Borealis. This lovely circlet of stars represents the wedding crown of Ariadne, the daughter of King Minos of Crete. The mythical strongman […]
The annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower returns this month. On the night of May 4th to 5th, expect to see up to 10 meteors per hour. Look for them shooting from the east after midnight. [Read more…]
The Lyrid meteor shower will peak in the early morning hours of April 22nd. Expect to see up to 20 bright meteors per hour after midnight. [Read more…]
The March equinox still grants plenty of dark nighttime skies for planet-hunting. [Read more…]
Visible throughout most of the world, a penumbral lunar eclipse occurs in the late evening of February 10th or the early morning of February 11th, depending on the viewing location. [Read more…]
The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks on the night spanning January 3rd and 4th. Skywatchers who brave the cold might spot up to 40 meteors per hour. [Read more…]
The mid-December night sky hosts the lovely Geminid meteor shower. The shower peaks on the night of December 13th to the 14th.
This year, however, a full moon interferes, making dim meteors hard to see. [Read more…]
November boasts the Leonid meteor shower.
This shower is the result of Earth’s annual passage through the dust trails left by Comet Tempel-Tuttle, which returns to the inner solar system every 33 years. [Read more…]
The Orionid meteor shower peaks on the night of October 21st to the 22nd. However, bright moonlight may wash out all but the brightest meteors.
After midnight, look to the east, where the constellation Orion is rising. Every few minutes you may spy a tiny remnant of Halley’s Comet burning up high in the atmosphere. [Read more…]
On September 1st, skywatchers in parts of Africa will see the Moon pass directly in front of the Sun, creating an annular solar eclipse.
During an annular solar eclipse, the Moon is farther away from Earth than during a total solar eclipse, so it appears smaller and doesn’t completely cover the Sun. [Read more…]
The Perseid meteor shower is an always-anticipated feature of the August night sky. Look for meteors during the early morning hours of August 12th and 13th [Read more…]
The summer night sky is filled with striking constellations, and the Delta Aquarid meteor shower. [Read more…]