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Sky at Night

Find out what to see in the night sky this month. What meteor showers are active now? Are there any comets to see? When is the next planetary conjunction?, Is there a solar or lunar eclipse soon?

Geminid Meteor Shower
12/12/2015Sky at Night
The Geminid Meteor Shower (Geminids) are usually the strongest meteor shower of the year and meteor enthusiasts are certain to circle December 13th and 14th on their calendars.
Supermoon Lunar Eclipse 2015
29/09/2015Photo Days Sky at Night
A supermoon total lunar eclipse took place between September 27 and 28, 2015. It was seen in the early hours of Monday morning, September 28.
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Blue Moon Calendar
18/05/2014Sky at Night
A blue moon is a rare event which occurs when there is a second full moon in a month. The phrase has nothing to do with the actual colour of the moon.
Comparison of NASA Orbital Launch Systems
06/12/2013Sky at Night
A visual comparison of NASA orbital launch vehicles from Pegasus to the new Space Launch System.
Ursid Meteor Shower
03/12/2013Sky at Night
The Ursids are often neglected due to the fact it peaks just before Christmas and the rates are much less than the Geminds, which peaks just a week before the Ursids. Observers will normally see 5-10 Ursids per hour during the late morning hours on the date of maximum activity.
Leonid Meteor Shower
03/12/2013Sky at Night
The Leonids are famous because their meteor showers, or storms, can be among the most spectacular. The outbursts of meteor activity are best seen when their parent object, comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, is near perihelion (closest approach to the sun).
Orionid Meteor Shower
03/12/2013Sky at Night
The Orionid Meteor Shower is a medium strength shower that can reach high strength activity. In a normal year the Orionids produce 20-25 shower members at maximum. In exceptional years, such as 2006-2009, the peak rates were on par with the Perseids (50-75 per hour).
Perseid Meteor Shower
03/12/2013Sky at Night
The Perseids meteor shower is the most popular meteor shower as they peak on warm August nights as seen from the northern hemisphere. The Perseids are active from July 13 to August 26, reaching a strong maximum on August 11 - 13, depending on the year. Normal rates seen from rural locations range from 50-75 meteors per hour at maximum.
Alpha Capricornids Meteor Shower
03/12/2013Sky at Night
The Alpha Capricornids are active from July 11 through August with a "plateau-like" maximum centered on July 29. This shower is not very strong and rarely produces in excess of five shower members per hour. What is notable about this shower is the number of bright fireballs produced during its activity period.
Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower
03/12/2013Sky at Night
Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower is another strong shower best seen from the southern tropics. North of the equator the radiant is located lower in the southern sky and therefore rates are less than seen from further south.