Are you awake before dawn? Good. Go outside. Look east. Bask in the astronomical wonder of seeing all the brightest planets out at the same time, pinpricks of worlds drifting up from the horizon. Missed it? Try again any morning for the next month.
The Orion Nebula has taught astronomers a great deal about how stars are born and how planetary systems form.
Great news about that new nova in Sagittarius. It's still climbing in brightness and now ranks as the brightest nova seen from mid-northern latitudes in nearly two years.
The Leonids meteor shower will peak soon in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. For best viewing, dress warmly, head out after midnight, and lay back watching the sky directly overhead. Failing that, you can always watch these space agency livestreams from the comfort of your home.
With ever-brighter skies reducing our ability to stargaze, and ever more bright objects soaring over-head, it's increasingly complicated to identify just what is that awesome thing you're looking at. The League of Lost Causes understands your pain. To solve it, they've produced this handy identification flowchart.
It's tempting, when one visits Grand Canyon National Park, to focus attention on the mammoth hole in the ground (both for safety and for gawking purposes). This timelapse, though, makes a pretty good argument in favor of looking up.
The summer is approaching, and it's a perfect time for a road trip. So we've compiled a list of "must see" science events and museum exhibits, aroudn the globe. Plus some specialty museums that are awesome in their own right. Get ready for a packed summer!
Space observatories are among some of the most magnificent buildings devoted entirely to science — because their windows look out on the universe. And their distinctive shape makes them into poignant ruins. Here are some observatories whose views onto space have been lost to time.
Sark is a tiny, car-free island in the English Channel that didn't fully get rid of feudalism until 2008. Its nights are so reliably dark that it's just been named the world's first "dark sky island", making the island one giant observatory for looking up at the night sky without any light pollution to get in the way.
Last week, we told you about an unusual stargazing experience created by Venus and Jupiter coming into close proximity to the Moon. Here's what it looked like over Mumbai, India. Image via AP.
For stargazers everywhere, the challenge of interpreting the constellations can be a tricky one. What exactly could the belt of Orion or the Gemini twins be trying to tell us? Lucky for those in the Southern Hemisphere, then — this Monday they're getting a huge break. Venus, Jupiter, and our old friend the Moon are…