It’s one all-nighter, 110 objects, and a pretty awesome feather for any visual astronomer’s cap. Here are some tips on running the Messier marathon.
While some planets spend time basking in sunlight, look for Mars’ visit with the Moon February 18.
This month, Uranus completes its retrograde loop and resumes its eastward motion in the skies, and Mercury returns to view. Here’s more on the planetary events this month.
Weather report for December 21 got you down? See through the clouds — or at least commiserate — with RASC and Explore Scientific!
A total solar eclipse will be passing over parts of South America on December 14.
The Geminids promise to give a great show this year as the prolific meteor shower peaks during a new Moon.
December’s best show comes from Saturn and Jupiter, who spend more than two weeks less than a degree apart and meet December 21 in a “Great Conjunction.”
November offers excellent opportunities to view Moon-planet pairings, as well as Mercury in the eastern pre-dawn sky.
The Red Planet steals the show this month, passing closer to the Earth than it will for the next 15 years and providing the best opposition of the 2020s.