🔭 What's up this week:

Venus and Saturn are coming closer together low in the western horizon shortly after sunset, with Venus looking brighter. Higher in the sky look for Jupiter, with Mars near the reddish star Aldebaran further to the east. Find out what else January has in store in our guide to the month’s night skies

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.