After being treated to four spectacular total lunar eclipses in 2014-15, lunar eclipse watchers will have to settle for a very slight lunar eclipse in 2016.
The celestial Unicorn — Monoceros— is a relative newcomer to the sky, first appearing on a star chart in 1624.
In our solar system, Jupiter is the undisputed king of the planets.
Have you ever wondered why the month of February has only 28 days most years, but occasionally has 29 days, as it does this year? 2016 is a leap year, and it’s time to take up the slack in the calendar.
Want to learn your way around the starry winter sky? The Winter Hexagon is a great place to start.
There are 6,000 or so stars visible to the naked eye under ideal conditions, but only Sirius, the famous Dog Star, can claim the title of “The Brightest Star.”
Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day, marking the midpoint of winter. The tradition of this unusual holiday can be traced back for many centuries, though not in the same form we celebrate today.
The parade of planets begins in earnest at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, when the waning gibbous moon appears right beside dazzling Jupiter, high in the southwestern sky.
Early this Tuesday evening, Jan. 19, the waxing gibbous moon will perform a prime time eclipse, or occultation, of the bright star Aldebaran, for folks living in the western United States.
What could be the best comet of the year is closest to Earth this week and is easily visible using binoculars and small telescopes.
There is something exciting happening in the sky almost every night of the year, if you know when and where to look. Jimmy Westlake has sifted through all of the 2016 celestial events and selected the 10 that he am the most excited about. These are his “Top 10 Celestial Events” for 2016, in chronological order.
Anyone who has ever looked up at the starry, winter sky has noticed it, although they might not have known what they were seeing. The three bright stars in a neat little row stand out among the other stars like a neon sign.
The Quadrantid meteor shower will peak at 1 p.m. Jan. 4 when up to 120 meteors per hour can be viewed.
About 2,000 years ago, St. Matthew recorded that the birth of Jesus was accompanied by something extraordinary that appeared in the sky over Bethlehem. For centuries since, astronomers have pondered the nature of this Star of Bethlehem.
When I was 10 years old, my mom and dad purchased a little 2.5-inch reflecting telescope and put it under the Christmas tree with my name on it.