One of the first items on almost any amateur astronomer’s “to-do” list is completing the Messier marathon — looking at all 110 objects cataloged by Charles Messier. Messier himself began the first marathon 250 years ago.
At Christmas of 1934, a bright “new” star exploded to life in Hercules. For a few days, it was one of the brightest stars in the night sky. It made the front pages of newspapers, and astronomers tracked it for months as it slowly faded from sight.
If you find yourself out gazing at a supermoon with a special someone, here are a few facts to help you impress them because you can actually tell them why the moon looks so huge, and where the term ‘supermoon’ came from.
Over the decades, when astronomers wanted a subject for testing new techniques for studying the stars, they frequently turned to Vega, the brightest star of Lyra, the harp.
One of the most intriguing star systems in the galaxy may be about to get a lot more interesting.
The Beehive, M44, is one of the brightest star clusters in the sky with about 1,000 stars, but this StarDate segment explains that it’s evaporating before our eyes.
Most of the stars that you see in the night sky aren’t alone — they consist of two stars or more. They’re so far away, though, that their light merges into a single pinpoint.
The hours between midnight and dawn tonight offer skywatchers both promise and potential. StarDate promises a beautiful encounter between the moon and the “morning star”.
Like a herald announcing the approach of a king, the planet Saturn leads the full Moon across the sky tonight.
Several ticking time bombs are in view as darkness falls this evening. The list includes most of the bright stars of Orion, which is low in the west: orange Betelgeuse, the three stars of Orion’s Belt below it, and Rigel below the belt.