Post by: David Dickinson
Astronomy, Mars, Observing, Skywatching
27 Apr , 2016 by David Dickinson
The time to observe Mars is now, as the Red Planet heads towards a favorable opposition in May 2016. Here’s our complete guide to all things Martian, including observing, imaging and more.
Astronomy, Moon, Observing, Skywatching
19 Apr , 2016 by David Dickinson
Why this week’s Full Moon is the smallest of 2016. It’s Mini-Moon season!
Astronomy, Mercury, Observing, Skywatching
12 Apr , 2016 by David Dickinson
One of the best dusk apparitions of the planet Mercury occurs this weekend… this event also sets us up for a very special event next month: a transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun.
Astronomy, Observing, Skywatching, sun
11 Apr , 2016 by David Dickinson
A massive sunspot emerged this past weekend, reversing the downward trend for solar cycle #24… for now.
7 Apr , 2016 by David Dickinson
The Moon occults the bright star Aldebaran on the evening of April 10th for North America, and, for a lucky few a few days earlier, asteroid 4 Vesta as well.
Astronomy, Moon, Observing, Skywatching, Venus
30 Mar , 2016 by David Dickinson
Up for a challenge? The Moon occults Venus for Europe, the UK and northern Asia on April 6th, though it’ll be a tough daytime catch. Get ready to stretch those visual skills to the limit, with our complete guide to this event.
Astronomy, History, Mars
27 Mar , 2016 by David Dickinson
The close call experienced by the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is only one of the most recent brushes with catastrophe that spaceflight has experienced en route to Mars.
Astronomy, Eclipses, Moon, Observing, Skywatching
22 Mar , 2016 by David Dickinson
The first Full Moon after the vernal equinox not only sets us up for Easter this weekend, but features an extra treat: a penumbral lunar eclipse.
Astronomy, Comets, Observing, Skywatching
17 Mar , 2016 by David Dickinson
This week presents observational astronomers with two surprise treats, as Comet 252P/LINEAR brightens and heads north, and the second closest passage of a comet to the Earth occurs on March 21st.
Astronomy, Eclipses, NASA, Observing, Skywatching
9 Mar , 2016 by David Dickinson
Reader images for today’s amazing total solar eclipse from across the Pacific: the only total solar eclipse in 2016, and the last one prior to the return of totality to the United States on August 21st, 2017.
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