Tag: Amateur astronomy

Exploding Green Comet Illuminates Night Sky: Here Are The Best Times To See It From Earth

Astronomers discovered a bright green comet streaking through the northern hemisphere’s skies. The comet is currently surrounded by a dust cloud twice as big as Jupiter, making it easily visible to observers on Earth.

Space July 9, 2018

NASA Confirms That An Amateur Astronomer Found Its IMAGE Satellite Lost In 2005

An amateur astronomer recently scanned the skies and accidentally found what seemed to be a long lost NASA satellite, missing since late 2005. NASA has now confirmed that it is indeed the IMAGE satellite it lost 12 years ago.

Space February 1, 2018

Hubble Space Telescope Finds New Dark Spot On Neptune

Neptune has developed a new dark vortex, whipping around the planet. The mighty storm has just been imaged by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope.

Space June 23, 2016

Strawberry Moon Seen On Summer Solstice June 20

This summer solstice also features another special treat - the strawberry moon! How can you see it?

June 19, 2016

One-Third Of World Can No Longer See Milky Way

Light pollution is now drowning out views of the Milky Way for one-third of people on the Earth. Where is the problem the worst, and what issues could this present?

Space June 11, 2016

Saturn Is Shining Brightly - Here's How To See It!

Saturn is easily visible in the night sky, shining much more brightly than normal. What is causing this dazzling light show?

Space June 3, 2016

Amateur Astronomer's Guide To Mercury Transit Happening May 9

Mercury will pass in front of the Sun, as seen from Earth, on May 9. Here are some tips to view the event safely.

Space May 6, 2016

Jupiter, Venus Set To Tango This Week: Here's How You Can Watch This Rare Celestial Event

Venus and Jupiter will be seen close together through the rest of June. Here is a guide for the celestial event.

Space June 27, 2015

Annual Appearance Of Strawberry Moon Set For June 2

The strawberry moon will shine on June 2. Here's what you need to know about this annual event.

Space June 2, 2015

Century's Shortest Total Lunar Eclipse Coming Saturday: How To See This Very Rare Event

The shortest lunar eclipse of 2015 will be seen by Americans in the predawn sky on April 4. This is what you need to know about this upcoming celestial event.

April 3, 2015

Venus And Mars Tango In Moonlit Sky: Here's How You Can Watch

Venus and Mars will be seen close together in the sky this weekend. Here is how to view the planetary conjunction.

Space February 21, 2015

February To Be A Great Month For Sky Watchers

Amateur astronomers have a lot to look forward to in February, including dazzling displays from several planets. This is what is coming up!

Space February 4, 2015

Asteroid 2004 BL86 Preps For Earth Flyby Monday: Here's How And When You Can Watch It

Hoping to catch a glimpse of the next asteroid to zip past the Earth? A small telescope or even a good pair of binoculars could give you a ring-side seat, astronomers say.

Space January 25, 2015

Comet Lovejoy is Here: Watch C/2014 Q2 Now or Miss It for 8000 Years

Comet Lovejoy is visible now in night skies. Here is how to find this visitor from the outer depths of our solar system.

Space January 9, 2015

Comet Lovejoy Has a Happy New Year Treat in Store: Don't Miss

Comet will help ring in the New Year, providing skywatchers with a visual treat for much of January. Comet 2014 Q2 will make its closest approach to Earth on Jan. 7.

Space December 31, 2014

How to Find Comet Lovejoy, the New Year's Comet

Comet Lovejoy will be visible in skies during the beginning of 2015. Here are tips and updates on the celestial visit.

Space December 30, 2014

Geminid Meteor Shower 2014: Fireballs Set to Light up Sky This Weekend

The Geminid meteor shower will light up skies on December 13 and 14. What makes this display different from the rest?

Space December 13, 2014

How To Spot Exoplanets From Your Own Backyard

Amateur astrophotographer and IEEE Spectrum senior editor David Schneider shows others how to use a few pieces of inexpensive equipment, a simple camera and telephoto lens, to spot exoplanets from anywhere on Earth.

Geek December 8, 2014

Leonid Meteor Shower Monday Night Will Be Treat For Skygazers

The Leonid meteor shower will peak during the night of November 17, an annual display that can sometimes become brilliant.

Space November 17, 2014

Storms on Uranus? Astronomers are puzzled over phenomenon

Storms are raging across Uranus, but astronomers are puzzled how they could be occurring. What is the mystery of this alien world?

Space November 13, 2014

Supermoon 2014: Harvest full moon set for Monday night - what makes it super?

On 8 September, a supermoon will delight skywatchers as the last hurrah of a lunar hat trick.

Space September 9, 2014

Near miss: Bus-sized space rock to fly dangerously close by Earth on Sunday

Asteroid 2014 RC will pass just 25,000 miles from Earth on 7 Sept. when it could be visible to amateur astronomers.

Space September 6, 2014

Stargazers, mark your calendar: Venus and Jupiter to smooch on Aug 18

Jupiter and Venus will be seen in one of the most dazzling conjunctions seen in years.

Space August 17, 2014

Supermoon Sunday: Are you ready for the celestial wonder this weekend?

A supermoon is coming on 10 August, promising to be the biggest and brightest of the events seen this year.

Space August 9, 2014

Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower is peaking tonight: Celestial show awaits stargazers

A bright meteor shower peaks on the night of 29 July. This may be the brightest show of the year, thanks to the Moon.

Space July 28, 2014

Supermoon weekend: Are you ready for the celestial spectacle this weekend?

A supermoon will take place this weekend - are you ready for it?

Space July 13, 2014

Are you ready for the Camelopardalids meteor shower? Here's how you can watch it this weekend

A brand new meteor shower may be seen around North America for the first time this weekend. This is how to best view the show.

May 24, 2014

Lyrid meteor shower: How and when to watch the celestial light show

The Lyrid meteor shower will delight viewers worldwide. Here's how to see this astronomical show.

Space April 22, 2014

Four lunar eclipses are coming this year, starting in April - Here's how to see the Moon disappear!

A lunar eclipse tetrad is due to take place, treating viewer across North America to four lunar eclipses in a little over a year.

Space March 30, 2014

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