Between now and the end of July, all five of the brightest planets can be spotted in Santa Barbara's evening skies, with the Moon acting as a convenient guidepost to help you find them
On dark evenings starting now through June 22, head for a spot with a dark southern horizon and try to spot the 4 Vesta asteroid.
Santa Barbara's evening skies for the first half of June will feature numerous visible passes by the International Space Station, weather permitting.
Last Tuesday afternoon, an asteroid estimated to be about 300 feet across made a close approach, passing Earth at about half the distance to the Moon, or roughly 126,000 miles.
With the Sun now well north of the equator, Santa Barbara will get some long and bright visible evening passes from the International Space Station to start this series, weather permitting.
On Thursday evening, weather permitting, we'll get some nice celestial views as the Sun sets.
On Saturday morning will be the first launch of an interplanetary mission from Vandenberg, NASA's InSight mission to Mars to gather information on the interior of the red planet.
Santa Barbara will get a very nice series of visible evening passes from the International Space Station over the next week or so, weather permitting.
The International Space Station will once again be visible in Santa Barbara's evening skies, assuming we get a break in the clouds.
The International Space Station will visit Santa Barbara's evening skies, weather permitting, in the week leading up to Valentine's Day.
Chuck shares photos of the Super Blue Blood Moon from the Bridge to Nowhere on Wednesday morning.
This Wednesday, January 31, we will experience a Super Blue Blood Moon.
To close out January, the International Space Station will once again be visible in Santa Barbara's evening skies, weather permitting.
Last Monday, November 28, was the 50th anniversary of the discovery of pulsars: highly magnetized, rotating neutron star or white dwarf, that emits a beam of electromagnetic radiation.
The International Space Station will be cruising through Santa Barbara's evening skies as we're eating turkey and leftovers.
If you want to see a spectacular dawn conjunction of the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, look to the east on the mornings of November 12, 13, and 14.
Chuck points out some really really big stars that are brightening up our skies lately.
On Wednesday evening, an approximately 50-foot across Potentially Hazardous Asteroid named 2012 TC4 made a close flyby of the Earth, passing within about 32,000 miles.
The mid-October skies above Santa Barbara will feature several nice visible passes by the International Space Station.
The International Space Station is back in Santa Barbara’s skies to celebrate the beginning of Autumn and the latest loony prophecy for the end of the world.
Max shares an aerial photo of the Big Dipper.
A large Potentially Hazardous Asteroid named after Florence Nightingale will make a fairly close approach to the Earth on Friday.
An edhat reader shares an image of the total eclipse from Oregon.
More on the eclipse!
The International Space Station is back for some early August Santa Barbara appearances.
July and August are excellent times to view the Milky Way.
The friendly astronomers of the Santa Barbara Astonomical Unit are holding numerous free public star parties throughout the summer.
The International Space Station is back for some late July trips across the skies of Santa Barbara.
Chuck shares details of the International Space Station passing over Santa Barbara skies.