The star to vanish.

Akira Fujii / Sky & Telescope

Regulus Occultation: Asteroid to Black Out a Bright Star

March 13, 2014                                                                  | Bright Regulus will dramatically snap out of view behind a faint asteroid for several seconds very late next Wednesday night for well-placed skywatchers. > read more

Zodiacal Light in the Evening

March 12, 2014                                                                | The zodiacal light is on its best display in the Northern Hemisphere on moonless evenings from February through April. > read more

Tour March’s Sky by Eye and Ear!

February 28, 2014                                                                  | A stunning array awaits you overhead once the Sun sets. Brilliant Sirius, along with Procyon, Betelgeuse, and even-brighter Jupiter, form a giant diamond in the evening sky. > read more


Mojave crater on Mars

NASA / JPL / Arizona State Univ.

Mojave Crater: Source of Martian Meteorites?

March 11, 2014                                                                | A team of European researchers believe that a big, fresh-looking crater on Mars is the likely launch pad for many of the Martian meteorites found on Earth. > read more

Planets Form Along With Magnetic Storms

March 13, 2014                                                                | Astronomers might have solved an outstanding mystery of why forming planetary systems have more infrared light than expected. The key lies with gas and dust suspended in giant magnetic loops. > read more

Hubble Displays Galactic Jellyfish

March 10, 2014                                                                | These stunning new images of spiral galaxy ESO 137-001 highlight its violent encounter with the intracluster plasma of Abell 3627, which is stripping away its gas and forming stars in the streamers. > read more




Name a Mars Crater with Uwingu

March 7, 2014                                                                | Here’s what you need to know about a new fundraising venture, the race to name 500,000 craters on Uwingu’s Mars map. > read more

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

March 14, 2014                                                                  | The week’s big event is the asteroid Erigone occulting Regulus, with a campaign to watch for a satellite of the asteroid too. Meanwhile, the waning gibbous Moon will pass Mars and Spica high at dawn. > read more

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