Stargazing and Skywatching

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Venus and Jupiter Identifying two evening skylights Thursday, July 2, 2015
Bright Trios A pair of trios in the evening sky Monday, June 29, 2015
Venus and Jupiter Bright planets in the evening sky Friday, June 26, 2015
Moon and Companions Bright lights in the evening sky Friday, May 22, 2015
Starry Spokes Circling the hub of the northern sky Friday, May 15, 2015
Moon and Saturn Optical illusions in the night sky Monday, May 4, 2015
Moon and Spica Creeping up on a bright star Friday, May 1, 2015
Catching the Rain A lunar cup for catching rainfall Monday, April 20, 2015
Moon in the Middle Passing through a bright triangle Saturday, March 28, 2015
Double Double A double double in the evening sky Saturday, February 21, 2015
Triple Play A triple play in the evening sky Thursday, February 19, 2015
Celestial Equator Splitting the night sky in half Saturday, January 31, 2015
Winter Circle A brilliant ring around the Moon Friday, January 30, 2015
Moon, Mars, and Venus Bright lights in the early evening Thursday, December 25, 2014
Disappearing Triangle A holdover from summer skies Saturday, December 6, 2014
Rara Avis Rare birds in southern skies Saturday, November 29, 2014
Orion Returns The return of an astronomical beauty Monday, November 24, 2014
Moon and Mars The planet Mars runs in place Monday, October 27, 2014
Lunar Eclipse A repeat performance for the Moon Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Silver Arch A silver archway across the evening sky Sunday, September 14, 2014
Moon and Planets A bright show in the dawn sky Friday, August 22, 2014
More Venus and Jupiter Aligning two celestial headlights Sunday, August 17, 2014
Planet Pairings Pairs of planets bracket the Sun Saturday, August 16, 2014
Little Pictures Little star pictures in the summer sky Thursday, August 14, 2014
Lunar Checkers The Moon plays a game of checkers Friday, August 1, 2014
Mars and Spica Two lights passing in the night sky Thursday, July 10, 2014
Moon, Mars, and Spica A close but wide-spread trio Saturday, July 5, 2014
Moon and Jupiter Watching the twilight fade away Sunday, June 29, 2014
Moon and Venus A brilliant early morning encounter Monday, June 23, 2014
Disappearing Family A bright family drops from view Saturday, June 14, 2014
Summer Triangle Bright stars shine through the moonlight Friday, June 13, 2014
Moon and Mercury Ghostly apparitions in the evening sky Friday, May 30, 2014
Moon and Venus A case of deceptive beauty Saturday, May 24, 2014
Moon, Venus, and Meteors Promise and possibility in the early morning sky Friday, May 23, 2014
Planet Parade A parade of planets in the evening sky Friday, May 16, 2014
Moon and Saturn Zipping past a distant giant Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Changing Skies Seeing through the moonlight Friday, April 18, 2014
More Lunar Eclipse Big entertainment in the night sky Monday, April 14, 2014
North Galactic Pole Gazing away from the Milky Way Saturday, April 12, 2014
Moon in the Middle Bright stars packed around the Moon Saturday, April 5, 2014
Spring Milky Way The Milky Way brackets the night sky Friday, March 28, 2014
Crow and Cup The crow gets in a spot of bother Sunday, March 23, 2014
Moon and Venus A beautiful dawn encounter Monday, January 27, 2014
Morning Planets Lining up some early morning planets Sunday, January 26, 2014
Morning Planets Bright planets in the dawn sky Friday, January 17, 2014
Moon in the Middle Boxing in the gibbous Moon Sunday, January 12, 2014
Vanishing Venus The demise of the evening star Monday, December 30, 2013
Midnight Stars Celebrating with the stars Sunday, December 29, 2013
Long-Night Moon Filling the night with moonlight Monday, December 16, 2013
Geminid Meteors II A bright but temporary meteor shower Friday, December 13, 2013
Sunward Bound A comet blazes toward the Sun Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Andromeda A colorful stellar quartet Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Getting Closer A comet streaks toward the Sun Friday, November 1, 2013
The Crane A crane strides across the southern sky Thursday, October 31, 2013
Tail Stars The back ends of two constellations Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Watery Skies Casting off into the Celestial Sea Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Moon and Aldebaran Peeking through the moonlight Monday, October 21, 2013
Hunter’s Moon Hunting up a faint eclipse Friday, October 18, 2013
Winter Preview Taking a sneak peek at winter Sunday, September 15, 2013
A Tale of Two Skies Taking a spin on a merry-go-round Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Getting Closer Climbing high to see a comet Friday, September 6, 2013
Moon in the Middle The Moon and a bright triangle Saturday, August 31, 2013
Moon, Spica, and Meteors A double feature in the night sky Sunday, August 11, 2013
Water Carriers Starry vessels in the midnight sky Thursday, August 8, 2013
More Moon and Planets The Moon and a horde of planets Saturday, August 3, 2013
Moon and Planets The Moon and a lineup of planets Friday, August 2, 2013
Counting Stars Counting the stars in the Milky Way Friday, July 26, 2013
Jupiter and Mars Jogging into the morning sky Sunday, July 21, 2013
Venus and Regulus A fairy tale in the evening sky Saturday, July 20, 2013
Bookends Bookending morning and evening skies Friday, July 19, 2013
Moon and Spica Lining up a celestial encounter Monday, July 15, 2013
Solar Highway Following the path of the Sun Friday, July 12, 2013
Sky Test A test for dark night skies Sunday, June 30, 2013
Evening Treats Highlights of the evening sky Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Summer Triangle Creating pictures in the stars Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Evening Planets Celestial theater in the evening sky Saturday, May 25, 2013
Moon and Spica A small but vast astronomical gap Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Moon and Jupiter A bright trio in the evening sky Saturday, May 11, 2013
Star Wheel Whirling around the North Star Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Moon and Regulus A special day for astronomy Saturday, April 20, 2013
The Naughty Crow A naughty crow angers the gods Monday, April 15, 2013
Moon and Companions The Moon slides across the sky Sunday, March 17, 2013
Comet PanStarrs A comet gets ready to shine Monday, March 4, 2013
Moon and Companions From leading light to a pale second Friday, February 1, 2013
Winter Circle Bracketing the Winter Circle Saturday, January 26, 2013
Bright Interlopers Disorderly visitors head inward Thursday, January 3, 2013
Holiday Skies Lighting up the holiday sky Monday, December 31, 2012
Moon and Jupiter II Lighting up the Christmas-night sky Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Moon and Jupiter Bright lights for Christmas Eve Monday, December 24, 2012
Venus and Saturn Wandering through the night sky Sunday, November 25, 2012
Moon and Mars Mars hangs out in the evening sky Thursday, November 15, 2012
Moonwatching Moonlight on an autumn night Saturday, September 22, 2012
Moonless Nights The wonders of a moonless night Sunday, September 16, 2012
Andromeda A grand story in the night sky Monday, September 10, 2012
Red Rivals Colorful rivals in the evening sky Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Moon and Companions A traffic jam in the evening sky Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Perseid Meteors The perfect spot for the Moon Saturday, August 11, 2012
Mars, Saturn, and Spica A bright but rapidly closing triangle Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Cygnus A “snowbird” that heads west instead of south Monday, July 30, 2012
Summer Delights Bright delights in the summer sky Sunday, July 15, 2012
More Moon and Companions A sky show that’s worth getting up for Saturday, July 14, 2012
Moon and Companions A gathering of astronomical superstars Friday, July 13, 2012
The Ecliptic Following the path of the Sun Sunday, July 1, 2012
Venus and Jupiter An encore performance in the dawn sky Friday, June 22, 2012
Moon and Jupiter Swinging into the morning sky Saturday, June 16, 2012
Partial Lunar Eclipse Taking a “bite” out of the Moon Sunday, June 3, 2012
Moon and Venus Sliding past the Moon and headed for the Sun Monday, May 21, 2012
Vanishing Lights Ready for a stellar vanishing act Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Moon, Mars, and Regulus Different pinpoints of light Monday, April 2, 2012
Venus and Pleiades The evening star and the littler dipper Sunday, April 1, 2012
Moon, Jupiter, and Venus A brilliant lineup in the evening sky Saturday, March 24, 2012
Double Treat A double treat in the evening sky Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Moon, Mars, and Leo A bold alignment in the night sky Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Mars Mayhem Mars marches across March skies Thursday, March 1, 2012
Moon and Planets An impressive display in the evening sky Friday, February 24, 2012
Dueling Dippers Stirring up the starry night sky Friday, February 10, 2012
Venus and Uranus A chance to see a distant giant Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Leaving the Ring Passing through a ring of stars Sunday, February 5, 2012
The Little Dog One dog leads another into the sky Saturday, January 28, 2012
Brightest Lights Cutting off a slice of the sky Saturday, January 21, 2012
New Year’s Eve Sky A celestial greeting for the new year Saturday, December 31, 2011
Rarae Aves Rare birds in southern skies Monday, November 28, 2011
Orion Rising The return of an astronomical beauty Sunday, November 20, 2011
Moon and Companions Spacing out a morning lineup Thursday, November 17, 2011
Mercury and Venus Close neighbors in the evening sky Friday, November 11, 2011
Mercury and Regulus An early morning duo Thursday, September 8, 2011
Scutum Shielding a new constellation Sunday, June 26, 2011
Celestial Equator An astronomical "Mason-Dixon Line" Sunday, June 19, 2011
Moon and Companions Stars and planets move apart Friday, June 10, 2011
Transit of Venus One year away from a rare event Sunday, June 5, 2011
Moon and Stars Following the leader in the evening sky Saturday, June 4, 2011
Venus and Jupiter Twin headlights in the dawn sky Monday, May 9, 2011
Morning Mayhem A worry-free planetary conjunction Sunday, May 8, 2011
Lunar Corral Fencing in the crescent Moon Saturday, May 7, 2011
More Moon and Venus A traffic jam in the dawn sky Saturday, April 30, 2011
Mercury and Jupiter Big and small in the evening sky Monday, March 14, 2011
More Moon and Venus Nighttime objects in the daytime sky Monday, February 28, 2011
Celestial Clock Ticking off the hours of the night Monday, January 31, 2011
Venus and Antares A deceptive morning duo Saturday, January 22, 2011
Moon and Regulus The stars turn across the night sky Friday, January 21, 2011
Jupiter and Uranus Two giants passing in the night Saturday, January 1, 2011
New Year's Sky The dawn of a new year Friday, December 31, 2010
Holiday Skies Holiday lights in the night sky Saturday, December 25, 2010
Moon and Companions III The blazing "morning star" Thursday, December 2, 2010
Leonid Meteors Enjoying an astronomical light show Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Moon, Jupiter, and Meteors One night, two sky shows Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Evening Color Painting the evening sky Saturday, October 16, 2010
Moon and Companions Standing between a pair of rivals Sunday, October 10, 2010
Moon and Venus The "evening star" gets ready to exit Saturday, October 9, 2010
Moon and Companions A beautiful but lopsided kite Friday, September 10, 2010
Venus Stands High(ish) The low-but-high "evening star" Thursday, August 19, 2010
Double Double A double double in the evening sky Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Moon, Planets, and Meteors Moon, planets, and meteors Thursday, August 12, 2010
Evening Planets A deceptive evening conjunction Friday, August 6, 2010
Moon and Companions Drying out some lunar folklore Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Deadly Skies Dangerous lights in the night sky Sunday, July 4, 2010
Sky Test Putting the night sky to the test Saturday, July 3, 2010
Moon and Jupiter Two bright beacons in the morning sky Friday, July 2, 2010
Sneaky Stars Sneaking into astronomical history Thursday, July 1, 2010
Dark Skies Getting back to Nature's dark side Monday, June 28, 2010
Evening Lineup A string of jewels in the evening sky Sunday, June 27, 2010
Jupiter and Uranus Giant worlds in the morning sky Monday, May 31, 2010
Seeing Double Double "twins" in the evening sky Sunday, May 30, 2010
Morning Mercury Heading south for Mercury Sunday, May 23, 2010
More Moon and Venus A colorful evening lightshow Sunday, May 16, 2010
Venus and Mercury Tracking down an elusive planet Monday, April 5, 2010
The Four Planets Lining up an array of planets Friday, April 2, 2010
Moon, Mars, and Gemini Wedging out a bright lineup Thursday, February 25, 2010
Puppis Splitting up a giant ship Friday, February 19, 2010
Lynx Padding after a faint celestial cat Saturday, February 13, 2010
Bright and Brightest Lining up a pair of sparklers Sunday, February 7, 2010
Moon, Saturn, and Spica Subtle differences in the night sky Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Moon and Mars Full Moon, full Mars Friday, January 29, 2010
Orange Skies Dashes of color in the night sky Sunday, January 24, 2010
Moon, Mars, and Meteors Good news and bad news for skywatchers Saturday, January 2, 2010
Moon in the Middle The Moon and some bright companions Friday, January 1, 2010

Featured Images

Encounter between Venus and Jupiter, July 2015
Planetary Headlights Thursday, July 2, 2015
Views of the Venus-Jupiter evening encounter, June 26-July 4, 2015
Brilliant Encounter Friday, June 26, 2015
The western evening sky of May 22, 2015
Crowded Skies Friday, May 22, 2015
The constellation Corvus, near brilliant Spica
Sailing On Sunday, May 17, 2015
Fomalhaut in early October
Lonely Star Wednesday, October 1, 2014
A view of the busy Milky Way
Busy Galaxy Thursday, July 24, 2014
Fading Away Sunday, June 29, 2014
Diagram of Orion, the hunter
Orion's Belt Sunday, February 16, 2014
Space station view of Comet ISON and other celestial objects
Doomed Comet Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Eastern dawn sky, early August 2013
Morning Jam Friday, August 2, 2013
Planetary conjunction, May 2013
Evening Traffic Jam Saturday, May 25, 2013
Hubble Space Telescope image of Comet ISON, April 2013
Closing In Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Comet C/2011 L4 Panstarrs in the western evening sky in March
Sneaky Comet Sunday, March 10, 2013
Comet McNaught, 2007
Bright Interlopers Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Moon, Jupiter, and Taurus, October 4-5, 2012
Bull Rush Thursday, October 4, 2012
Venus-Regulus encounter in the pre-dawn sky, October 2-4, 2012
Morning Mashup Monday, October 1, 2012
First-quarter Moon
Moonwatch Saturday, September 22, 2012
About one hour after sunset, late August and early September
Red Rivals Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Altair is one of the three planets of the Summer Triangle
Flying Eagle Thursday, July 12, 2012
Moon and Companions, June 2012
Moon and Company Monday, June 25, 2012
Illustration of annular eclipse of May 20, 2012
In the Zone Friday, May 18, 2012
Venus and Jupiter pass each other in the evening sky, March 10-14, 2012
Celestial Headlights Saturday, March 10, 2012
The Moon passes by Mars and the star pattern of Leo, March 2012
Doubly Brilliant Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Mars is at opposition in early March 2012, shining brightest for the year
Mighty Mars Saturday, March 3, 2012
Earth's atmosphere distorts the Moon as seen from the International Space Statio
Squashed Moon Tuesday, January 17, 2012
The Moon and Hyades, night of January 5, 2012
Staring at the Bull Thursday, January 5, 2012
Phoenix and Grus in the southern sky, late November evening
Rare Birds Monday, November 28, 2011
Moon, Mars, and Aldebaran, July 26-28, 2011
Seeing Orange Monday, July 25, 2011
Delta Lyrae and the Summer Triangle
Seeing Double Sunday, July 10, 2011
Moon and planets in the dawn sky, April 30/May 1, 2011
Dawn Encounter Friday, April 29, 2011
Mercury and Jupiter passing in the evening sky
Just Passing By Sunday, March 13, 2011
Western sky a couple of hours after sunset in late December
Happy Holidays! Saturday, December 25, 2010
Total Lunar Eclipse of December 21, 2010
Disappearing Moon Monday, December 20, 2010
China Clipper Sails the Pacific Ocean
Night Over Water Monday, November 22, 2010
Two planets and a star team up with the crescent Moon in the western evening sky
Moon and Companions Friday, September 10, 2010
Western Lineup Sunday, June 27, 2010
Hercules, the strongman, climbs into good view on May evenings
Not-So-Mighty Hercules Monday, May 3, 2010
Bright Encounter Wednesday, January 27, 2010

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