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  • Watch the moon pass through the 5 morning planets this week

    January 31, 2016; 6:12 PM ET

    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.

  • Watch Jupiter rise with the moon tonight

    January 27, 2016; 3:50 PM ET

    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.

  • Comet Catalina Makes Closest Approach, Recent Aurora Pictures

    January 13, 2016; 4:42 PM ET

    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.

  • 120 meteors per hour as Quadrantids peak tonight

    January 3, 2016; 5:20 PM ET

    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.

  • Quadrantids Peak Sunday Night with 120 Meteors per Hour

    January 2, 2016; 5:00 PM ET

    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!

  • New Year's Aurora Photo Blog

    January 1, 2016; 3:40 PM ET

    An impressive display of the aurora borealis and aurora australis was seen across the Globe as we rang in 2016. Check out these incredible videos and images of the New Year's Aurora!

  • Peak Night for Ursid Meteor Shower

    December 22, 2015; 3:38 PM ET

    The Ursids peak tonight. Clouds will be widespread in the U.S. But, much of Europe will be clear. This is your complete viewing guide to the 2015 Ursids.

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Astronomy Blog
The AccuWeather.com astronomy blog, by Dave Samuhel, discusses stargazing, including how weather will affect viewing conditions of astronomical phenomenon.