Graphic from Stellarium showing the Moon and Jupiter very close together in the souther sky

Moon and Jupiter

Dec. 1, 2022

The Moon is getting cozy with Jupiter tonight! It’ll be a gorgeous sight with binoculars. Plan the rest of the month's observing fun with Sky & Telescope: The Essential Guide to Astronomy . Graphic credit: Stellarium

Graphic from Sky Safari app showing the Moon below the planet Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune are also visible in this park setting from Earth's vantage point

Moon and Saturn

Nov. 28, 2022

The beautiful waxing crescent Moon is just below Saturn this evening. Catch the celestial magic before the two sink below the southwestern horizon. Graphic credit: SkySafari app

Photo of the Pleiades cluster by ESA and NASA

Winter Bling

Nov. 22, 2022

Looking for some winter bling? The Pleiades cluster is high in the east tonight. It’s sparkly and about as big as the full Moon. If you stretch out your arm, you’ll notice the cluster is about the size of your finger tip. Photo Credit: ESA/ESO/NASA - Davide De Martin

Graphic from Sky Safari showing the Leonid meteor shower radiant above a park setting

Leonid Meteor Shower

Nov. 17, 2022

We’ll be flying through the debris trail of a comet tonight, 55P/Tempel-Tuttle to be exact. Start watching after midnight for fast-moving Leonids. Find a dark sky and wide open area where you can take in as much as the sky as possible since this shower is known for lots of...

Graphic from Sky and Telescope's app JupiterMoons shows the planet with the great red spot, plus 3 moons

Great Red Spot Transit

Nov. 15, 2022

Got a telescope? Watch the Great Red Spot transit Jupiter’s central meridian tonight at 6:25 MST. Curious about the G, E and I? Download the JupiterMoons app. Graphic credit: Sky & Telescope

Series of photos as the Moon enters a total lunar eclipse Photo credit Sophie Adams, former Fiske employee

Total Lunar Eclipse

Nov. 8, 2022

Enjoy the Total Lunar Eclipse this morning! The umbral phase begins shortly after 2:00am MST and total eclipse occurs between 3:16am-4:42am. Start watching at 3:00am as the Moon enters totality - this is the most exciting time! Then, go back to bed and set your alarm for around 4:30am to...

Ghost Nebula by the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter (Credits Adam Block, Mount Lemmon SkyCenter, University of Arizona)

Happy Halloween!

Oct. 31, 2022

Happy Halloween! Today’s astronomical holiday was celebrated by ancient people with a deep knowledge of the sky. Being in tune with the seasonal rhythms of our planet’s axial tilt, they knew it was a cross-quarter day between the fall equinox and winter solstice.

Graphic from Stellarium showing the constellation of Orion on the eastern horizon with the radiant for the meteor shower by Betelgeuse

Orionid Meteor Shower 

Oct. 20, 2022

The Orionid meteor shower peaks tonight! As we pass through the incoming stream of Halley’s comet you’ll see 10-20 meteors per hour moving through the sky at 150,000mph. The comet is in Hydra now (3.3 billion miles away, but will return in 2061), but has left some sparkly treats for...

Graphic from Stellarium showing the Moon and planet Mars in between the tips of the horns of Taurus - Aldebaran and Betelgeuse are highlighted too in orange

Moon & Mars in the Horns

Oct. 14, 2022

The Moon and Mars are rising in the horns of the Bull tonight! Check out this spectacular sight at 11pm and take a peek at two brilliant orange suns - Aldebaran and Betelgeuse. Graphic credit: Stellarium

Photo of the moon with cottonwood tree on the horizon

Full Moon

Oct. 9, 2022

Full Moon tonight! With all the vibrant colors of fall it’ll make for a picture perfect moment.