Archive for the ‘Sky Events’ Category

The Comet Cometh: Hartley 2 Visible in Night Sky

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Backyard stargazers with a telescope or binoculars and a clear night’s sky can now inspect the comet that in a little over two weeks will become only the fifth in history to be imaged close up. Comet Hartley 2 will come within 17.7 million kilometers (11 million miles) of Earth this Wed., Oct. 20 at noon PDT (3 p.m. EDT). NASA’s EPOXI mission will come within 700 kilometers (435 miles) of Hartley 2 on Nov. 4.

Comet Hartley 2 Ready for Close-up With Earth Wednesday

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

This week a fairly bright comet is visible in the northeastern sky and makes its closest approach to Earth tomorrow (Oct. 20), though it may be difficult to spot without clear conditions well away from city lights.

Moonlight Meteor Shower Spawned By Halley’s Comet

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

A junior version of the famous Perseid meteor shower thought to have originated from the remains of Halley’s Comet will hit its peak over the next week, but the light of the moon may intrude on the sky show.

Comet Passing Near Earth Offers Dim View So Far

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Since the start of October, many people with small telescopes have followed the path of Comet Hartley 2 across the night sky. Some skywatchers are reporting an unimpressive sight so far, but the best chances to spot this comet still lie ahead.

A Deluge of Draconids?

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Everyone enjoys a great meteor shower, those special times each year when a profusion of shooting stars zip across the sky. So here’s a head’s up: all of you should circle October 8th on next year’s calender.


Friday, September 24th, 2010

Skywatchers can turn their gaze to a computer for a glimpse of the northern lights: the Canadian Space Agency on Monday launched an online observatory streaming the aurora borealis live over the Internet.

How to Observe the Moon Saturday Night

Friday, September 17th, 2010

This weekend brings the first global moon-watching event inspired by those who are curious about the moon, but there are some easy tricks that skywatchers may want to remember to make the most of the lunar-gazing experience.

This is the website for the International Observe the Moon Night and it’s a very good one!

By Jove! Jupiter to Make Closest Approach to Earth Until 2022

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Stargazers can get a great look at Jupiter on any clear night for the rest of September. The giant planet, always bright, will be especially hard to miss as it approaches closer to Earth than it will at any time until 2022.

Global Swoon Over the Moon Set For Saturday

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

On Saturday, the world is invited to celebrate the first annual International Observe the Moon Night. And all you have to do to take part is look up.

Wallops Island rocket launch set for Tuesday

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

NASA has scheduled its next suborbital rocket launch for Tuesday morning. The launch of the Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket will happen between 8 and 11 a.m. at the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility, according to NASA.

Encounters with Comet Hartley 2

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

An icy visitor is positioning itself for easier viewing in the coming weeks. Periodic Comet 103P/Hartley 2 won’t have the pizzazz of Comet Hale-Bopp or the unexpected spectacle of Comet Holmes. But it will be high in the evening sky when at its best, glowing at perhaps 5th magnitude.

Green sky at night, what a delight! Plasma eruption on the sun causes spectacular Northern Lights

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

In shimmering, rippling waves of green, Mother Nature’s most spectacular show lights up the night sky.
Captured in the Arctic Circle above the still waters of a lake, it is an undeniably awe-inspiring display.

A pair of asteroids passing near Earth today. Should we visit one?

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Duck! A pair of small asteroids are passing near Earth today inside of the moon’s orbit, NASA says. Here are the details on each of the two rocks:

Jupiter Dazzles In the Night Sky

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

The planet Jupiter is back in the night sky and has something for every amateur astronomer to enjoy.

Top 10 Summer Sky Objects to See Before Fall

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

As the summer night sky draws near its close, there are still some cosmic objects that may beckon skywatchers equipped with a small telescope, binoculars or their own two eyes.

Catch A Falling Star

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Every year, the world is treated to several well-known meteor showers The Leonids, Draconids, Perseids and others usually get mentioned in the mainstream media, giving the general public a taste of just how much material flies at our planet from space.

The Mutating Mars Hoax

Friday, August 27th, 2010

For the seventh year in a row, the Mars Hoax is infecting email boxes around the world. Passed from one reader to another, the message states that on August 27th Mars will approach Earth and swell to the size of a full Moon. “NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN,” the email declares–always in caps.
News flash: It’s not true.

See Jupiter and the Moon: 6 Degrees of Separation

Friday, August 27th, 2010

For many weeks, the planet that has dominated our evening sky has been brilliant Venus, visible low in the west-southwest sky for about 90 minutes after sunset. But after Venus sets, it is Jupiter that takes over for the rest of the night, outshining everything in the night sky but the moon.

Get the most out of the meteor show

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

This year’s Perseid meteor shower is shaping up as a beaut. The big night is next Thursday, but anytime now is a great time for skywatching – not only to see shooting stars, but to see the planets as well.

Three Bright Planets Visible in Night Sky Triangle

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

A spectacular gathering of three of the brightest planets will be the chief celestial attraction in the evening sky during the next few days. Anyone with a clear and unobstructed view of the west-northwest horizon will be able to Venus, Mars and Saturn in a single glance.