By Dave Fuller on 8/10/2014 7:12 PM
Perseid meteor flashes across skyFirst, there's the always-pleasing Perseids. Bright, not too fast, and the often offer up some nice "grazers" that make long trails across the sky. Add to that the usually warm weather conditions, and this perennial meteor shower has the makings of the perfect "all family" astronomy event. And more and more families are doing just that too - after all, there's no special equipment required, no specialized viewing technique (who needs averted vision to see meteors?). Pull out some comfortable chairs, go out fairly late - ideally after midnight - and look up. 

Yes, it's that easy. 

Sure, the Moon gets in the way this year, as it does about every three years for the Perseids. But that's okay - face roughly...
By Dave Fuller on 1/26/2014 9:41 PM
Here's what's happening in the night sky for the week of January 27 thru February 2 Want to see what's up in the sky this week? This daily reminder chart will let you know lots of individual, time-sensitive events occurring in the night sky for amateur astronomers to observe naked eye, with binoculars and sometimes a telescope.

Not sure how to convert the Universal Times to your local time zone? For U.S. observers, click here. For other visitors, check this site.

Monday, Jan 27:  Camelopardalis contains a several sights like Kemble's Cascade and NGC1502 Tuesday, Jan 28: Mars is 5 degrees north of Spica, and remains close to the star all week long...
By Dave Fuller on 12/30/2013 3:18 PM
Here's what's happening in the night sky for the week of December 30, 2013 thru January 5, 2014 Want to see what's up in the sky this week? This daily reminder chart will let you know lots of individual, time-sensitive events occurring in the night sky for amateur astronomers to observe naked eye, with binoculars and sometimes a telescope.

Not sure how to convert the Universal Times to your local time zone? For U.S. observers, click here. For other visitors, check this site.

Monday, Dec 30:  Find and observe colorful double stars in Cassiopeia See more colorful doubles and the open cluster NGC752 in Andromeda...
By Dave Fuller on 12/22/2013 6:01 PM
Here's what's happening in the night sky for the week of December 23 thru December 29 Want to see what's up in the sky this week? This daily reminder chart will let you know lots of individual, time-sensitive events occurring in the night sky for amateur astronomers to observe naked eye, with binoculars and sometimes a telescope.

Not sure how to convert the Universal Times to your local time zone? For U.S. observers, click here. For other visitors, check this site.

Monday, Dec 23:  Find and observe colorful double stars in Cassiopeia See more colorful doubles and the open cluster NGC752 in Andromeda Tuesday,...

The Nightlight

This blog includes what to see in the night and daytime skies, thoughts on telescopes, binoculars, and other astronomy observing accessories and equipment, plus my own occasional notes on objects I've seen and observed. Oh, and the random theater or other "my take on life" post. In other words, there is always something interesting. Check it out.