Geoff Gaherty was Space.com's Night Sky columnist and in partnership with Starry Night software and a dedicated amateur astronomer who sought to share the wonders of the night sky with the world. Based in Canada, Geoff studied mathematics and physics at McGill University and earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Toronto, all while pursuing a passion for the night sky and serving as an astronomy communicator. He credited a partial solar eclipse observed in 1946 (at age 5) and his 1957 sighting of the Comet Arend-Roland as a teenager for sparking his interest in amateur astronomy. In 2008, Geoff won the Chant Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, an award given to a Canadian amateur astronomer in recognition of their lifetime achievements. Sadly, Geoff passed away July 7, 2016 due to complications from a kidney transplant, but his legacy continues at Starry Night.
The morning sky will play host to a spectacular gathering of solar system objects grouped closely together tomorrow (Nov. 22), but it won't be easy for observers on Earth to see it.
Autumn is the best season of the year for astronomical observing. The bugs of summer are gone, winter’s cold has not set in, and it gets dark at a reasonable hour.
The moon, the famous Pleiades star cluster and the red star Aldebaran will dance together in the night sky this Saturday.
As the moon moves in its orbit around the Earth, it inevitably passes in front of many stars and planet and Uranus will find itself in the moon's crosshairs tonight (Sept. 10).
See what's up in the night sky for September 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
Late summer is one of the best times of year to view the full splendor of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Seeing the Milky Way requires a special effort for most of us, but it's well worth the trouble.
Many skywatchers love August because the ever-reliable Perseid meteor shower peaks mid-month, but unfortunately, this year's usually brilliant meteor display may be spoiled by a bright full moon.
See what's up in the night sky for August 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
See what's up in the night sky for July 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
Scorpius is one of the prettiest constellations in the sky, and one of the few that actually resemble their names.
The Earth will reach one of its four major way stations Saturday (June 21) during its annual trip around the sun.
Over the next few nights, the full moon will be riding low in our summer sky. The full moon of June rises overnight on Friday, June 13. Here’s what to look for to see the June full moon.