Nova in Sagittarius Is Brighter Than Ever - Catch It With The Naked Eye!

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. » 3/21/15 3:30pm 3/21/15 3:30pm

Here's How To Watch The Leonids Meteor Shower Tonight

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. » 11/17/14 8:00pm 11/17/14 8:00pm

Here's a Chart to Help You Identify That Strange Light in the Sky

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. » 6/09/14 12:00pm 6/09/14 12:00pm

You've Been Looking At The Grand Canyon Wrong

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. » 5/13/14 10:20am 5/13/14 10:20am

Summer 2014 Museum Guide: Get Out And Do Science!

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! » 4/30/14 12:25pm 4/30/14 12:25pm

The Loneliness of the Long-Abandoned Space Observatory

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. » 12/09/13 3:29pm 12/09/13 3:29pm

The tiny island of Sark is a window back to the Middle Ages - and…

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. » 2/03/11 1:00pm 2/03/11 1:00pm

Venus and Jupiter Glow Like Eyes Next to the Mouth of the Moon

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. » 12/09/08 8:40am 12/09/08 8:40am

The Universe Literally Smiles on Australia

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… » 11/30/08 8:00am 11/30/08 8:00am