As the moon fades to a thin crescent by Saturday, it will be a beautiful sight in the predawn sky as it moves by the planets. Check your sky conditions forecast here for Saturday, when the thin crescent moon joins Mercury and Venus.
The moon passes through the string of morning planets this week. It will be near Mars Monday at its first quarter phase. By Saturday morning, it will be a very thin crescent on the horizon near Mercury and Venus.
Jupiter, one of the brightest objects in the sky, rises alongside the moon tonight. Check out this impressive show and check the viewing conditions for your location. Also, read more about the planet and its role in the five visible morning planets.
Dim Comet Catalina is visible through binoculars as it makes it's closest approach to Earth. There have been decent auroras in the Arctic regions the past few nights. Also, check out the snow squall that blasted us here in Central PA Tuesday.
Updated look at sky cover or viewing across North America. Also, a peek at viewing conditions in Europe right before sunrise. The peak of the shower is about six hours surrounding 8AM UTC (3 a.m. EST). Plus viewing tips and interesting facts about the Quadrantids.
We have a very active meteor shower right around the corner. The Quadrantids peak Sunday night with 120 meteors per hour. This shower will be easily viewed across North America. This is your viewing guilde to the 2016 Quadrantid meteor shower!