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.
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.
Fomalhaut, a "royal" star associated with the autumn season, sits low in the southern part of the sky, all by itself, on early autumn nights.
Step outside this week as soon as darkness falls and look directly overhead, and you will see the famous and very distinctive trio of bright stars collectively known as The Summer Triangle.
In this week's evening sky, four small, faint constellations spread out near and within the Summer Triangle can be seen.
Here's a pair of constellations that easily slithers out of the grasp of a beginning skywatcher: Ophiuchus, the serpent-bearer, and his snake.
August is regarded as "meteor month" with the appearance of one of the best displays of the year: the annual performance of the Perseid meteor shower, the most famous of all meteor showers.
On Friday evening, assuming your skies are reasonably clear, you'll be able to see the moon passing near to the largest planet in the solar system: Jupiter.
If there ever was a planet that I feel has gotten a bad rap for its inability to be readily observed, it would have to be Mercury, known in many circles as the "elusive planet."
Anyone gazing at the summer night sky for even a short length of time is likely to spot a few "shooting stars" darting across the sky.
Next to Orion the Hunter, probably the most beautiful constellation in our sky is Scorpius the Scorpion.
If you look up high in the southern sky this week around midnight, you'll be able to see a pattern of stars that resembles a jet plane.
On the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 tomorrow, the moon will be darkened by Earth's shadow in a partial lunar eclipse.
What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 than to pull out binoculars and telescopes to try to spot the historic mission's destination?