Thebacha and Wood Buffalo Dark Sky Festival August 2017

Observing Articles

Wondering what to look at next? Browse articles about observing the moon, planets, stars, constellations, comets, and more. Then get outside and explore the sky.

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Heading to Solar Minimum

Sunspot numbers continue to decline as 2017 begins.
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Categories: Observing the Sky

A Guide to Observing Jupiter

The giant planet is a telescope-user’s delight with interesting cloud belts, spots, and other fascinating features. Read more ›

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Categories: Moon and Planets

The Lunar Name Game

Who was Clavius, and why is one of the biggest craters on the Moon named after him? Read more ›

Categories: Moon and Planets

The Sky That Nearly Stands Still

Why do some constellations linger, while others quickly exit the celestial stage? Read more ›

Categories: Stars and Constellations

Amazing Mars Video

The red planet at opposition as you’ve never seen it before. Read more ›

Categories: Moon and Planets

Grab-and-Go Astronomy

Enjoyable night-sky sessions sometimes last only a few minutes. Read more ›

Categories: Observing the Sky, Stargazing Gear, Telescopes and Accessories

A Guide to Observing Mars

Here’s how you can see the red planet at its very best.
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Categories: Moon and Planets

Mercury’s Day in the Sun

The speedy little planet crossed the solar disc for the first time since 2006. Read more ›

Categories: Moon and Planets

Time for T

A recurring nova in Corona Borealis might be getting ready to blow. Read more ›

Categories: Observing the Sky, Stars and Constellations

Aldebaran Occulted!

The brightest star in Taurus winks out in daylight. Read more ›

Categories: Observing Reports

Scoping the Sombrero

Only 30 million light-years away, M104 is the brightest galaxy in Virgo. Read more ›

Categories: and Galaxies, Observing the Sky

A New Binocular Comet

An unremarkable object brightened unexpectedly, but is now fading. Read more ›

Categories: Comets and Asteroids
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