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Night sky guide for May 2014

May brings us the peak of above average Eta Aquariid meteor shower on the nights of May 5 and 6 but the highlight of this month is a possible intense meteor storm on May 23 and 24 as Earth passes through the dust trail left by Comet 209P/LINEAR in it

May 01, 2014


Watch the first solar eclipse of 2014 live - non-central annular solar eclipse on April 29

The first solar eclipse of 2014 will occur on April 29. This will be annular solar eclipse - the Moon will be too far away from the Earth to completely cover the Sun resulting in a ring of light around the darkened Moon. This eclipse occurs at the Moon

April 27, 2014


Lyrid meteor shower peaks on April 22

Lyrid meteor shower, considered to be the oldest of meteor showers, is an average shower usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. This shower runs annually from April 16 - 25 and its peak this year is predicted to occur near 18:00 UTC on April

April 21, 2014


Watch total lunar eclipse of April 15th LIVE

During the early hours of April 15, 2014 (UTC time) the full Moon will pass directly through Earth’s dark shadow, or umbra, setting an impressive total lunar eclipse. The Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. It

April 14, 2014


Night sky guide for April 2014

April brings us several interesting events. It is a good month for eclipses and also the month when meteor activity picks up a bit as the Lyrids meteor shower become active. Earth and Mars will be at their minimum distance of 99 million km on April 14 but any

April 01, 2014


Night sky guide for March 2014

Comet C/2012 X1 LINEAR will reach its brightest this month and will be well placed for observation on March 4. An extremely rare event will take place on the morning of March 20 when asteroid 163 Erigone passes in front of the bright star Regulus in the

March 01, 2014


Night sky guide for February 2014

According to AMS, February offers the meteor observer in the northern hemisphere a couple of weak showers plus falling sporadic rates. February is also the start of the fireball season, when an abundance of fireballs seem to occur. This lasts well into April

February 01, 2014


Night sky guide for January 2014

January 1 - New Moon - 11:14 UTC. The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will be completely unilluminated. January 2, 3 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower peak nights. The Quadrantids have the potential to be

January 01, 2014


Geminid meteor shower underway

NASA's network of all-sky meteor cameras reported 23 Geminid fireballs over the United States today. This sharp uptick in activity signals the official beginning of the 2013 Geminid meteor shower. For the next 3 to 4 days, Earth will continue to pass

December 12, 2013

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Newly discovered Comet Lovejoy visible by naked eye in northern hemisphere - images

The past few weeks have been an unusually active time for comet watchers as four comets were visible simultaneously with binoculars: ISON, Lovejoy, Encke, and LINEAR. Although less known than ISON, newly discovered

December 08, 2013


Night sky guide for December 2013

December 3 - New Moon - From about 00:22 UTC the Moon will not be visible from Earth as it will be directly between the Earth and the Sun. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because

December 01, 2013


Night sky guide for November 2013

November 3, Hybrid Solar Eclipse. Annular total solar eclipse will sweep over the Atlantic Ocean and the middle of Africa on November 3, 2013. The eclipse will be total only along a narrow path over the Atlantic Ocean and equatorial Africa from

November 01, 2013


Night sky guide for October 2013

On October 1, Comet ISON is making closest approach to Mars. Mars missions will have a close up look at the comet. On October 3 - Uranus is at opposition. The blue-green planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully

October 01, 2013


What's up for September 2013

A lunar night launch, Comet ISON is spotted again, and the moon meets up with Saturn, Venus, Mars and Jupiter. Source:

September 01, 2013


More fireballs than in any other meteor shower - Perseid meteor shower peaks August 12/13, 2013

The peak of this year's Perseid meteor shower, the biggest annual meteor shower event, will be on a "Moon free" night of August 12 - 13. The source of this meteor shower is stream of debris from Comet

August 06, 2013

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Highlights of the Night Sky - August 2013

What to look for in the night sky during August 2013?! Your guide to constellations, deep-sky objects, planets and events. Evening Planets In the evening twilight, brilliant Venus makes a dazzling appearance over the western horizon. Catch it quickly before

August 02, 2013


Comet C/2013 N4 Borisov - new comet discovered by amateur astronomer

Ukrainian amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov discovered a new comet near the bright star Capella in the constellation Auriga. The comet was discovered on July 8, 2013 during a "Southern Night" star party in Crimea, Ukraine. Confirmation of

July 19, 2013