Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) rapidly brightening, now visible to naked eye

Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) rapidly brightening, now visible to naked eye

Approaching Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) has become bright enough that it is already visible to the naked eye. As of 14:30 UTC on April 30, 2020, the comet is 115 million km (71 million miles) away from Earth, with a magnitude of 6.0. The comet appears like a bright fuzz…

First Supermoon of the year – live show on February 8

First Supermoon of the year – live show on February 8

The Virtual Telescope Project will bring us live views of the first Supermoon of the year on February 8, 2020, as it rises above the unique skyline of Rome. The online, free session will start at 16:00 UTC. Supermoon is a popular term indicating a Full Moon or a New…

International Astronomical Union concerned about satellite constellations

International Astronomical Union concerned about satellite constellations

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has expressed its concern about light pollution posed by an increasing number of satellite constellations in low-Earth orbits (LEO), manly SpaceX's Starlink constellation launched May 23, 2019 – next-generation…

New phenomenon discovered in the night sky

New phenomenon discovered in the night sky

A new phenomenon seen as a giant purple streak of light in the night sky has been recently discovered and, for lack of a better word, named Steve. Steve was discovered thanks to scientists, citizen scientists, ground-based imagers and ESA's magnetic field Swarm…

Jupiter at opposition, closest to Earth in 2017

Jupiter at opposition, closest to Earth in 2017

Planet Jupiter is at opposition on April 7, 2017, meaning that the Sun, Earth and Jupiter will form a straight line. At around the same time that Jupiter passes opposition (21:28 UTC), it also makes its closest approach to the Earth in 2017. By midnight (local…

Annular solar eclipse of February 26, 2017

Annular solar eclipse of February 26, 2017

An annular solar eclipse will take place on February 26, 2017, creating a ring of light around the darkened Moon as the Moon will be too far away from the Earth to completely cover the Sun. This is the first of two eclipses in 2017 and comes just 7 months before the…

Mysterious lights streak across San Diego sky, California

Mysterious lights streak across San Diego sky, California

Mysterious lights were seen streaking across the sky in San Diego, California on Monday night, August 15, 2016. The prime suspect, at this time, is man-made space debris. The lights were reported between 21:35 to 21:37 local time in the sky over the 3300 block of El…

Highlights of the Night Sky – August 2013

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