🔭 What's up this week:

Look for super-bright Venus low in the west shortly after sunset. Saturn is below it, but will be increasingly hard to see against the setting Sun’s light. Higher in the sky you'll see Jupiter shining brighter than the brightest star in the sky. Keep going across the sky to find reddish Mars near another reddish, but less bright object, the star Aldebaran. The “Green Comet,” a.k.a. Comet 2022 E3 (ZTF), will be closest to Earth on Feb. 1 and should be visible with binoculars or a telescope from a dark site. Learn more about how to spot this rare celestial visitor.

What’s up in the night sky: January 2023

Our monthly feature focuses on easy and fun things to see in the night sky, including eclipses, supermoons, meteor showers, planetary conjunctions, and more.

Your current night sky view

Want a map of tonight's sky for your location? We recommend Stellarium, available on the web and for mobile devices.

Night Sky Toolkits

Astronomy for Beginners

An introduction to backyard astronomy for amateur stargazers.

How to Pick the Best Beginner Telescope

Picking out your first telescope can be overwhelming. This easy-to-follow guide will help you find the best telescope that you'll actually use.

Night Sky Photography for Beginners

An introduction to full-sky astrophotography using a digital camera.

Quadrantid meteor shower 2023: How to watch

Here's everything you need to know about the annual Quadrantid meteor shower and how to watch it.

Moon Toolkits

Moon features you can see from Earth

What can you see on the Moon tonight? This guide from The Planetary Society will help you identify some features.

What is a supermoon?

What is a supermoon, and why does it happen?

The Moon, preserving Earth's origin story

The Moon is the only world besides Earth ever visited by humans. By studying it, scientists can piece together Earth’s origin story.

Can the Moon be upside down?

When you think about how the Moon looks in the night sky, you might never have considered that it looks different to people in other parts of the world. But really, perspective is all relative.