Taurid fireball descending in glowing aurora on November 9, 2015. 20,000-year-old Taurid meteor is said to be 20,000 years old.

December SkyTalk | A Repeat Performance

Last year’s annual Geminid Meteor Shower was as perfect as it can get, with its late evening peak viewing time and absence of moonlight to brighten the sky. Unfortunately, a lot of the country was…

Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th Anniversary

Showing the World the Beauty of Space Human beings have looked up into the night sky wondering what was up there since the very beginning. Stars and planets have captivated our imaginations, and seeing them through expertly designed telescopes for the complex objects they are has pushed the need for more. The atmosphere we live …


Bioluminescence: Shining a Light From Within

The natural world is a wondrous place, filled with creatures that live in almost any location and environment you can think of. Some of these organisms have a special capability which has entranced people for thousands of years. This ability, called bioluminescence, is a form of chemiluminescence, the production of light through a chemical reaction. …


November SkyTalk | Polluting Space

Pollution in its various forms is a major environmental issue today, seriously impacting the water, land and air, and the quality of life in general…


Martian Meteorites: A Time Capsule of the Red Planet’s Surface

Once a part of the Red Planet’s surface, Martian Meteorites have provided scientists with a lot of information about the Mars’s makeup over the years.


October SkyTalk | Forgotten Space-Age Milestones

Every year, the anniversaries of two of the greatest events in all of human history come and go with little notice from most of the human race. We skywatchers should do everything we can to keep these alive and not allow them to fade forgotten into oblivion.


September SkyTalk | Total Lunar Eclipse!

On the evening of September 27th, skywatchers throughout North America will be treated to one of nature’s grandest celestial sky shows – a total eclipse of the Moon. And unlike the one in April which occurred in the early predawn hours, this one will happen during …


August SkyTalk | A Moonless Meteor Shower!

This is “meteor month” — so named after the famed Perseid Meteor Shower that peaks each year during the second week of August. In addition to being among the richest of these annual celestial fireworks displays, it’s the best-known and most reliable of them all. The only uncertainty involved in viewing such events is if …


July SkyTalk | Crescent Worlds Embracing!

About 30 minutes after sunset on the evening of Saturday, July 18th, the Moon and radiant Venus will present a truly awesome sight in the western sky.  The planet will appear to be touching the northern “horn” of the crescent Moon!  This spectacle will rivet the attention of even the most casual of skywatchers looking upward.  But there’s more to this celestial conjunction than just meets the eye.


June SkyTalk | Jupiter Meets Venus!

The mythological celestial “King of the Gods” is about to embrace the “Goddess of Love.” Jupiter has dominated the eastern and southeastern sky for months now, as has Venus the western one. But the King has been slowly moving westward and drawing ever-closer to the Goddess, seemingly attracted by her gravational pull. Although gravity itself isn’t actually at play here, the force involved in their attraction to each could metaphorically be another form of it—what the famous visionary Buckminster Fuller was referring to when he said that “Love is metaphysical gravity.”