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Stargazing and Skywatching

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Star Party On! June 3, 2010

Equipment Tips May 14, 2010

What to Look For May 14, 2010

Become a Stargazer April 14, 2010

Radio Programs

Moon, Mars, and Mercury Balls of rock in the evening sky March 29, 2017

Venus and Mercury A close pass in the evening sky March 17, 2017

Darker Skies A way to darken the night sky March 12, 2017

Moon, Jupiter, Spica A 3-D journey in the night sky February 14, 2017

Climbing Dipper Following the Big Dipper February 11, 2017

Moon in the Middle Bright stars around the Moon February 7, 2017

Moon and Aldebaran Coloring the eye of the bull January 8, 2017

Dark Skies Why the night sky is dark January 6, 2017

Moon and More Moon, planets, and meteors January 2, 2017

Big Year A big year ahead in the sky January 1, 2017

Moon, Venus, and Mars A quiet New Year’s Eve lightshow December 31, 2016

Christmas Skies The beautiful gift of the stars December 24, 2016

Spring Preview Previewing the spring sky December 23, 2016

Moon and Capricornus Getting a grip on the sea-goat December 3, 2016

Starry Skies Stars and more stars November 22, 2016

Twinkling Twinkle, twinkle, every star October 30, 2016

Moon and Aldebaran Four years of hide-and-seek October 18, 2016

More Moon and Planets Variety in the evening sky October 6, 2016

Moon and Planets The Moon slides by some bright planets October 4, 2016

Messier 39 Taking a wider view of a star cluster September 4, 2016

Venus and Jupiter Bright but hard-to-see planets August 25, 2016

Mars and Antares Rivals line up in the evening sky August 23, 2016

Moon, Meteors, and More The Moon, meteors, and more August 11, 2016

Venus Rising Venus rising in the evening sky August 4, 2016

Sun Walk Walking the path of the Sun July 31, 2016

Bright Lights Looking through the moonlight July 16, 2016

More Moon and Companions Boxing in some bright lights July 14, 2016

Bright and Close Cutting off the light of a star July 9, 2016

Moon and Companions A beautiful evening conjunction June 17, 2016

Disappearing Stars The end of the season for four stars May 23, 2016

Moon and Planets A beautiful morning quartet April 24, 2016

The Whole Gang The worlds of the solar system February 1, 2016

Mars and Meteors Mars, meteors, and the Moon — after this. January 3, 2016

Moon and Mars Lighting up the waning Moon — after this. January 2, 2016

New Year’s Sky A grand view for a new year December 31, 2015

Moon and Companions Bright companions for the Moon December 5, 2015

Venus and Jupiter A great show from the “morning star” October 22, 2015

Mars and Jupiter A close call in the morning sky October 14, 2015

Moon and Companions Bright companions for the Moon October 6, 2015

Lunar Eclipse Lining up a skywatching treat September 25, 2015

Weekend Goodies A great weekend for skywatching September 24, 2015

Morning Lineup Bright lights in the dawn sky September 23, 2015

North vs. South Different views of the night sky September 19, 2015

Zenith Looking straight up September 6, 2015

Venus and Mars Prominent neighbors in the dawn sky August 31, 2015

Changing Addresses Venus moves to the morning sky August 14, 2015

Moon, Saturn, Antares A star of the first magnitude July 25, 2015

Moon and Companions Getting ready to change addresses July 17, 2015

Stairsteps Stepping up the evening sky July 11, 2015

Fireworks Fireworks in the evening sky July 3, 2015

Venus and Jupiter Identifying two evening skylights July 1, 2015

Bright Trios A pair of trios in the evening sky June 28, 2015

Venus and Jupiter Bright planets in the evening sky June 25, 2015

Moon and Companions Bright lights in the evening sky May 21, 2015

Starry Spokes Circling the hub of the northern sky May 14, 2015

Moon and Saturn Optical illusions in the night sky May 3, 2015

Moon and Spica Creeping up on a bright star April 30, 2015

Catching the Rain A lunar cup for catching rainfall April 19, 2015

Moon in the Middle Passing through a bright triangle March 27, 2015

Double Double A double double in the evening sky February 20, 2015

Triple Play A triple play in the evening sky February 18, 2015

Celestial Equator Splitting the night sky in half January 30, 2015

Winter Circle A brilliant ring around the Moon January 29, 2015

Moon, Mars, and Venus Bright lights in the early evening December 24, 2014

Disappearing Triangle A holdover from summer skies December 5, 2014

Rara Avis Rare birds in southern skies November 28, 2014

Orion Returns The return of an astronomical beauty November 23, 2014

Moon and Mars The planet Mars runs in place October 26, 2014

Lunar Eclipse A repeat performance for the Moon October 6, 2014

Silver Arch A silver archway across the evening sky September 13, 2014

Moon and Planets A bright show in the dawn sky August 21, 2014

More Venus and Jupiter Aligning two celestial headlights August 16, 2014

Planet Pairings Pairs of planets bracket the Sun August 15, 2014

Little Pictures Little star pictures in the summer sky August 13, 2014

Lunar Checkers The Moon plays a game of checkers July 31, 2014

Mars and Spica Two lights passing in the night sky July 9, 2014

Moon, Mars, and Spica A close but wide-spread trio July 4, 2014

Moon and Jupiter Watching the twilight fade away June 28, 2014

Moon and Venus A brilliant early morning encounter June 22, 2014

Disappearing Family A bright family drops from view June 13, 2014

Summer Triangle Bright stars shine through the moonlight June 12, 2014

Moon and Mercury Ghostly apparitions in the evening sky May 29, 2014

Moon and Venus A case of deceptive beauty May 23, 2014

Moon, Venus, and Meteors Promise and possibility in the early morning sky May 22, 2014

Planet Parade A parade of planets in the evening sky May 15, 2014

Moon and Saturn Zipping past a distant giant May 13, 2014

Changing Skies Seeing through the moonlight April 17, 2014

More Lunar Eclipse Big entertainment in the night sky April 13, 2014

North Galactic Pole Gazing away from the Milky Way April 11, 2014

Moon in the Middle Bright stars packed around the Moon April 4, 2014

Spring Milky Way The Milky Way brackets the night sky March 27, 2014

Crow and Cup The crow gets in a spot of bother March 22, 2014

Moon and Venus A beautiful dawn encounter January 26, 2014

Morning Planets Lining up some early morning planets January 25, 2014

Morning Planets Bright planets in the dawn sky January 16, 2014

Moon in the Middle Boxing in the gibbous Moon January 11, 2014

Vanishing Venus The demise of the evening star December 29, 2013

Midnight Stars Celebrating with the stars December 28, 2013

Long-Night Moon Filling the night with moonlight December 15, 2013

Geminid Meteors II A bright but temporary meteor shower December 12, 2013

Sunward Bound A comet blazes toward the Sun November 26, 2013

Andromeda A colorful stellar quartet November 5, 2013

Getting Closer A comet streaks toward the Sun October 31, 2013

The Crane A crane strides across the southern sky October 30, 2013

Tail Stars The back ends of two constellations October 22, 2013

Watery Skies Casting off into the Celestial Sea October 21, 2013

Moon and Aldebaran Peeking through the moonlight October 20, 2013

Hunter’s Moon Hunting up a faint eclipse October 17, 2013

Winter Preview Taking a sneak peek at winter September 14, 2013

A Tale of Two Skies Taking a spin on a merry-go-round September 9, 2013

Getting Closer Climbing high to see a comet September 5, 2013

Moon in the Middle The Moon and a bright triangle August 30, 2013

Moon, Spica, and Meteors A double feature in the night sky August 10, 2013

Water Carriers Starry vessels in the midnight sky August 7, 2013

More Moon and Planets The Moon and a horde of planets August 2, 2013

Moon and Planets The Moon and a lineup of planets August 1, 2013

Counting Stars Counting the stars in the Milky Way July 25, 2013

Jupiter and Mars Jogging into the morning sky July 20, 2013

Venus and Regulus A fairy tale in the evening sky July 19, 2013

Bookends Bookending morning and evening skies July 18, 2013

Moon and Spica Lining up a celestial encounter July 14, 2013

Solar Highway Following the path of the Sun July 11, 2013

Sky Test A test for dark night skies June 29, 2013

Evening Treats Highlights of the evening sky June 17, 2013

Summer Triangle Creating pictures in the stars June 11, 2013

Evening Planets Celestial theater in the evening sky May 24, 2013

Moon and Spica A small but vast astronomical gap May 20, 2013

Moon and Jupiter A bright trio in the evening sky May 10, 2013

Star Wheel Whirling around the North Star April 30, 2013

Moon and Regulus A special day for astronomy April 19, 2013

The Naughty Crow A naughty crow angers the gods April 14, 2013

Moon and Companions The Moon slides across the sky March 16, 2013

Comet PanStarrs A comet gets ready to shine March 3, 2013

Moon and Companions From leading light to a pale second January 31, 2013

Winter Circle Bracketing the Winter Circle January 25, 2013

Bright Interlopers Disorderly visitors head inward January 2, 2013

Holiday Skies Lighting up the holiday sky December 30, 2012

Moon and Jupiter II Lighting up the Christmas-night sky December 24, 2012

Moon and Jupiter Bright lights for Christmas Eve December 23, 2012

Venus and Saturn Wandering through the night sky November 24, 2012

Moon and Mars Mars hangs out in the evening sky November 14, 2012

Moonwatching Moonlight on an autumn night September 21, 2012

Moonless Nights The wonders of a moonless night September 15, 2012

Andromeda A grand story in the night sky September 9, 2012

Red Rivals Colorful rivals in the evening sky August 28, 2012

Moon and Companions A traffic jam in the evening sky August 20, 2012

Perseid Meteors The perfect spot for the Moon August 10, 2012

Mars, Saturn, and Spica A bright but rapidly closing triangle August 7, 2012

Cygnus A “snowbird” that heads west instead of south July 29, 2012

Summer Delights Bright delights in the summer sky July 14, 2012

More Moon and Companions A sky show that’s worth getting up for July 13, 2012

Moon and Companions A gathering of astronomical superstars July 12, 2012

The Ecliptic Following the path of the Sun June 30, 2012

Venus and Jupiter An encore performance in the dawn sky June 21, 2012

Moon and Jupiter Swinging into the morning sky June 15, 2012

Partial Lunar Eclipse Taking a “bite” out of the Moon June 2, 2012

Moon and Venus Sliding past the Moon and headed for the Sun May 20, 2012

Vanishing Lights Ready for a stellar vanishing act April 24, 2012

Moon, Mars, and Regulus Different pinpoints of light April 1, 2012

Venus and Pleiades The evening star and the littler dipper March 31, 2012

Moon, Jupiter, and Venus A brilliant lineup in the evening sky March 23, 2012

Double Treat A double treat in the evening sky March 6, 2012

Moon, Mars, and Leo A bold alignment in the night sky March 5, 2012

Mars Mayhem Mars marches across March skies February 29, 2012

Moon and Planets An impressive display in the evening sky February 23, 2012

Dueling Dippers Stirring up the starry night sky February 9, 2012

Venus and Uranus A chance to see a distant giant February 7, 2012

Leaving the Ring Passing through a ring of stars February 4, 2012

The Little Dog One dog leads another into the sky January 27, 2012

Brightest Lights Cutting off a slice of the sky January 20, 2012

Featured Images

Encke's Comet in mid-February

Evening Comet February 16, 2017

A comet in the February pre-dawn sky

Green Visitor February 8, 2017

Moon, Venus, and Mars, evenings of January 30 and 31

Evening Array January 29, 2017

Sunset over the Davis Mountains

Earliest Sunsets December 1, 2016

leonid meteor, 2009

Meteor Time November 16, 2016

Ground-based view of M39 star cluster

Sparkling Cluster September 4, 2016

The bow of Sagittarius

Celestial Bow August 15, 2016

2009 view of Perseid meteors

Rain of Fire August 10, 2016

Planets in the dawn sky, February 2016

The Whole Gang January 31, 2016

Morning alignment of planets, January 2016

Five in a Row January 24, 2016

Moon and companions

Morning Array October 7, 2015

Comet Crawl September 14, 2015

Encounter between Venus and Jupiter, July 2015

Planetary Headlights July 2, 2015

Views of the Venus-Jupiter evening encounter, June 26-July 4, 2015

Brilliant Encounter June 26, 2015

The western evening sky of May 22, 2015

Crowded Skies May 22, 2015

The constellation Corvus, near brilliant Spica

Sailing On May 17, 2015

Fomalhaut in early October

Lonely Star October 1, 2014

A view of the busy Milky Way

Busy Galaxy July 24, 2014

Fading Away June 29, 2014

Diagram of Orion, the hunter

Orion's Belt February 16, 2014

Space station view of Comet ISON and other celestial objects

Doomed Comet December 4, 2013

Eastern dawn sky, early August 2013

Morning Jam August 2, 2013

Planetary conjunction, May 2013

Evening Traffic Jam May 25, 2013

Hubble Space Telescope image of Comet ISON, April 2013

Closing In April 24, 2013

Comet C/2011 L4 Panstarrs in the western evening sky in March

Sneaky Comet March 10, 2013

Comet McNaught, 2007

Bright Interlopers January 2, 2013

Moon, Jupiter, and Taurus, October 4-5, 2012

Bull Rush October 4, 2012

Venus-Regulus encounter in the pre-dawn sky, October 2-4, 2012

Morning Mashup October 1, 2012

First-quarter Moon

Moonwatch September 22, 2012

About one hour after sunset, late August and early September

Red Rivals August 29, 2012

Altair is one of the three planets of the Summer Triangle

Flying Eagle July 12, 2012

Moon and Companions, June 2012

Moon and Company June 25, 2012

Illustration of annular eclipse of May 20, 2012

In the Zone May 18, 2012

Venus and Jupiter pass each other in the evening sky, March 10-14, 2012

Celestial Headlights March 10, 2012

The Moon passes by Mars and the star pattern of Leo, March 2012

Doubly Brilliant March 6, 2012

Mars is at opposition in early March 2012, shining brightest for the year

Mighty Mars March 3, 2012

Earth's atmosphere distorts the Moon as seen from the International Space Statio

Squashed Moon January 17, 2012

The Moon and Hyades, night of January 5, 2012

Staring at the Bull January 5, 2012

Phoenix and Grus in the southern sky, late November evening

Rare Birds November 28, 2011

Moon, Mars, and Aldebaran, July 26-28, 2011

Seeing Orange July 25, 2011

Delta Lyrae and the Summer Triangle

Seeing Double July 10, 2011

Moon and planets in the dawn sky, April 30/May 1, 2011

Dawn Encounter April 29, 2011

Mercury and Jupiter passing in the evening sky

Just Passing By March 13, 2011

Western sky a couple of hours after sunset in late December

Happy Holidays! December 25, 2010

Total Lunar Eclipse of December 21, 2010

Disappearing Moon December 20, 2010

China Clipper Sails the Pacific Ocean

Night Over Water November 22, 2010

Two planets and a star team up with the crescent Moon in the western evening sky

Moon and Companions September 10, 2010

Western Lineup June 27, 2010

Bright Encounter January 27, 2010