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  • 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.

  • Weekend Aurora Photo Blog

    December 21, 2015; 4:45 PM ET

    A surprisingly intense aurora treated many viewers to a heck of a show over the weekend. Check out some great pictures and videos!

  • Updated Ursid Meteor Shower Information

    December 20, 2015; 5:05 PM ET

    The 2015 Ursids is a minor meteor shower, but can pack some surprises. Check out updated graphics and forecasts detailing the peak night of December 22nd into the 23rd.

  • Aurora Activity Likely Tonight

    December 18, 2015; 5:25 PM ET

    The strongest geomagnetic storm in more than a month is forecast tonight. The best viewing conditions will be after midnight when the moon sets.

  • The Ursid Meteor Shower, in Tandem with Longest Night of the Year

    December 17, 2015; 4:25 PM ET

    The next meteor shower to peak is the Ursids. It has been known for brief bursts of meteors, but is typically less active than the Geminds. We discuss when and where to look for the shower. Plus, we take a long range look at forecast sky conditions.

  • Geminids Starting to Peak; Visible Worldwide

    December 13, 2015; 3:50 PM ET

    Global viewing conditions are surveyed as the peak of the Geminids is here! Check out the forecast for sky conditions worldwide through Monday night.

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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.