Auriga is one of those star patterns whose exact origin is a hopeless mix of antique conceptions.
Christened for months as "The Comet of the Century," Comet Kohoutek never came remotely close to living up to expectations.
Here is a list of all the full moon names, dates and times in 2020, beginning with the "Wolf Moon" in January, to the "Cold Moon" in December.
A penumbral lunar eclipse will occur on Jan. 10-11, and it will be visible from Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Here's what to expect.
Early Saturday morning (Jan. 4), a strong display of Quadrantid meteors is likely for Europe and North America.
Here is a guide to when certain planets will appear brightest and most visible in the 2020 night sky, including a dazzling conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on Dec. 21!
On Saturday evening (Dec. 28), a lovely crescent moon will join Venus in the twilight sky, making for an eye-catching post-Christmas celestial ornament.
If you're planning to spend Christmas in the Eastern Hemisphere, you'll have a celestial treat to look forward to the next day as the new moon eclipses the sun.
December is the month of the winter solstice, which a large part of the world associates with such celebrations as Nativity festivals.
The annual Ursid meteor shower will peak during the overnight hours of Sunday (Dec. 22), into the morning hours of Monday (Dec. 23).
Here are the 10 most noteworthy sky events — including meteor showers and eclipses — that will take place in 2020.
Ever since it returned to the evening sky just over a month ago, our "sister planet," as Venus is often called, has slowly become increasingly prominent in our early evening sky.
After its Thanksgiving rendezvous with Jupiter and Venus, the moon will pay Saturn a visit on Black Friday (Nov. 29).
This week, the variable star Mira reaches its highest point, roughly halfway up in the southern sky at around 10 p.m. local time.
For those hoping to get a glimpse of Nov. 11's rare transit of the planet Mercury across the face of the sun, the weather across the United States will either be very good.
In my long career as an assiduous amateur astronomer, I've seen other transits of Mercury, but one from November 1973 stands out.
On Monday, Nov. 11, a most unusual event will take place: the transit (passage) of the planet Mercury across the sun's disk.
Skies will be mainly clear tonight (Oct. 31) across the western half of the United States, as costumed kids arrive at the door looking for candy or some other Halloween treat.
The next few weeks might be a good time to keep a close watch on the night sky, for if you're lucky, you just might catch sight of a spectacularly bright meteor, also known as a fireball.
October's Orionid meteor shower is one of the most reliable of the annual displays of "shooting stars." Unfortunately, this year, the Orionids are going to face a handicap.
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