Plan your stargazing for the coming week! Wake up early in the morning to watch the Moon pass by Saturn. For those of you nearer to the southern hemipshere, see if you can spot Canopus as it passes due south! Details courtesy Sky & Telescope
You may have heard that there is a lunar eclipse tonight, February 10-11. It will be very slight, but you may notice the full Moon is slightly darker than normal. This is called a "penumbral eclipse" as the Earth's outer shadow, or penumbra, passes over the Moon. The deeper shadow, or umbra, is the one that will cause the Moon to appear to disappear and then almost turn red. That radical... View details ⇨
Explore the Orion Nebula, a giant nursery of baby stars, in February's Universe Discovery Guide! Find activities to help you visualize what it's like inside this crowded stellar nursery, find links to more NASA resources, and of course find out how to spot the Orion Nebula in the winter sky, in the "sword" of the constellation Orion!.
Sad news for a club that is heavily involved with outreach - thieves stole The Albuquerque Astronomical Society 's outreach equipment, including a mobile planetarium used at local schools to teach children the sky. Find out more at the link below and see their website at taas.org for more updates. Let's hope they can recover their equipment soon!
Find out when and where to spot the naked eye visible planets in February with Earthsky’s guide to the bright planets! Spy Venus and Mars in the west in the evenings. Jupiter rises late at night in the east and is high and bright right before dawn, and catch Saturn rising from the east in the early morning right before sunrise. And can you catch elusive Mercury?
If you aren't a morning person, you might find it to hard to spot Saturn this month, as the planet is up in the eastern sky only a couple of hours before sunrise. However, as consolation to stargazers who miss their views of Saturn's rings through their eyepieces, NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn is returning some of its most amazing images yet of the ringed planet!
Enjoy beautiful bright Iridium flares now; the satellites that cause these startling flashes of night light will be gone soon. New satellites are being launched to replace the current aging network, and the original flare-worthy Iridium satellites are scheduled to be de-orbited starting in 2018.
Looking for more out of this world educational resources from NASA? Try NASA Wavelength ! Go to the Wavelength site to find a great collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels - from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. Plus, you can access the latest NASA images, apps, ScienceCasts, and more
Have you gotten a bit tired of looking at the same objects in your telescope? Looking for a new challenge? Try out one of the Astronomical League's many fantastic observing programs and sharpen your skills while earning some recognition for your hard-earned observations!
Skywatching can happen both day and night! There are some objects you can observe during the day: the Sun (with proper protection, of course) and the Moon can both be easily seen during daylight. But did you know that at times you can see Venus (a few of you may have seen it recently right before sunset, for example)? Or other objects? Find out more at EarthSky !
Plan your stargazing with help from our Night Sky Planner page, featuring daily stargazing updates from EarthSky, weather forecasts, Sun and Moon data, and links to many more handy resources for skywatchers! Check it out at the link below.