Solar Eclipse, How to see it, Where to share it

The best and easiest ways to view the solar eclipse without having to create something, and the neatest places to share your pictures when you’re done. Where will you be during the solar eclipse? Hopefully you’ll get a chance to go outside during that time, but how will you see it? We can’t look directly…

Stunning Example of Earthshine

ESO/Petr Horalek Sometimes you see a photograph that’s just so wonderful you can’t wait to show it to other people. That shot above is one of those photos. It was taken by Petr Horalek, a European Southern Observatory Ambassador — the ambassadors are a group of excellent photographers who shoot pictures of the ESO observatories…

Your Astro Guide for May 2016

Mars will be at opposition on May 22. Opposition occurs when the sun and Mars are on opposite sides of the Earth. That means Mars will be the brightest it’s been in 11 years, with a magnitude of -2.1. This is the great opportunity to observe the “red planet.” Jupiter will be above the horizon…

April is Global Astronomy Month

April is officially “Global Astronomy Month,” and to help you celebrate, here’s a guide to the most notable views in the night sky. Here, I’ll show you what’s happening out there this month, and a simple way you can see it all — and more! Jupiter photo by NASA April’s astronomy sights begin with Jupiter…

March Star Gazing: Jupiter & the Orion Nebula

Venus (magnitude -4) will continue to be the bright morning star close to the eastern horizon during March. With a little luck, you’ll be able to see Mercury between Venus and the rising sun. Look for both planets around 6 am. If you’re up that early, you can also look for Saturn and Mars flanking…

Most-Luminous Supernova Discovered

The most-luminous supernova ever observed has been discovered by a team of astronomers, including Carnegie’s Benjamin Shappee, Nidia Morrell, and Ian Thompson, called ASAS-SN-15lh. A supernova is a rare astronomical event that occurs during the last stellar evolutionary stages of a massive star’s life, whose dramatic, violent, and catastrophic destruction is marked by one final…

Midnight Sun

By mid-May the Sun is up 24/7, and it won’t set until September! My sleep patterns are already pretty screwy as it is. I can see this making things worse if I lived there. But I’m sure it’s a cool place to visit.

Freaking awesome Citizen Science projects in Astronomy

It’s possible to identify black holes, solar flares, and asteroids before some scientists can. You could even be on the ground level of a new planetary or galaxy discovery. And, when stuff like this happens, you would get proper credit for your assist – published in scientific journals or articles that could potentially go viral!…

Geminids, your stargazing grande finale of the year

Don’t forget, the Geminid meteor shower is expected to peak on December 13 and 14, producing up to 60 multicolored meteors per hour. More meteor showers occur during the Autumn than in any other season of the year. And the Geminids are not just the final touch of the season, they are the grand finale…

Full Beaver Moon does not disappoint

A fiery full moon rises above Bogue Sound. According to Native American lore, November’s full moon is called the Beaver Moon. Nature photographers boarded the N.C. Coastal Federation’s “full moon cruise” despite the cloudy and overcast day. However, as any nature photographer knows, when wilderness is the star of the show, there are always surprises.

Star Arcturus: Ghost of Summer Sun

 (The cover of an old, and really cool, coloring book.) Arcturus is considered the “ghost of the summer sun.” The reason is because every year on Halloween, and for a few days before and after, this brilliant star mimics the rising and setting of the sun during its prime time in the summer. For the…

Fall’s Multiple Meteor Showers

Fall isn’t just about leaves changing, county fairs, farmer’s markets, or pumpkin patches. It’s not just about Halloween and Thanksgiving, either. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of these things. But there’s another aspect of Autumn that I look forward to, and it’s not as well known as the rest. I’m talking about meteor…

Gazing on the Summer Triangle at night

  The summer triangle is an imaginary line drawn in the night sky connecting three stars that are most predominant during the summer months in the northern hemisphere. No, it’s not Pink Floyd’s great gig in the sky. However, looking for the summer triangle during nights when you’re camping or just hanging out can still…

Perseid Meteor Shower

The 2014 Perseid meteor shower is due to peak on the nights between August 12, 13, and 14. However, if where you live is extremely cloudy, I have a backup plan for you to enjoy. This amazing video (by Jeff Sullivan Photography) displays the majesty of the 2013 Perseids set in breathtaking landscapes from all…

Spring Triangle

  Heralding in the season of spring is this astronomical asterism: the Spring Triangle. Above you’ll find the points of the triangle. Here’s what to look for: Arcturus in part of the kite-shaped constellation Bootes, Denebola in the tail of the constellation Leo, and Spica is in the constellation Virgo. Connecting these three stars forms…

Taurids in 2013

This year the Taurid meteor shower will peak on November 6. They’re generally active from the last weeks of October into early November. Their radiance is evident in the constellation Taurus the Bull. And because they usually occur at the end of October, the Taurids are sometimes referred to as “Halloween fireballs.” This annual meteor shower experience…