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Bruce McClure

The star Sirius rings in the New Year

The Dog Star Sirius reaches its highest point in the sky around midnight every New Year's Eve. For this reason, it could also be called the New Year's star.

Longest days accompany the December solstice

The longest days accompany the winter solstice. In December, a day - a whole cycle of day and night - is about half a minute longer than the average 24 hours.

Mirfak is the brightest star in Perseus

Mirfak is the brightest star in Perseus and can be spotted even from light-polluted locations. This star is a member of the Alpha Persei Moving Cluster.

Menkar – a visual double – is the Whale’s alpha star

It's not the most famous star in Cetus the Whale, or the brightest. But Menkar is the Whale's alpha star and has its own claims to fame.

Say hello to Aries the Ram

How to see Aries the Ram in your night sky with its bright star Hamal, plus info about this constellation in astronomy history and mythology.

Earliest sunset comes before winter solstice

Earliest sunset at mid-northern latitudes are happening now. What if you're in the Southern Hemisphere? Watch for your earliest sunrise.

Andromeda galaxy: All you need to know

The Andromeda galaxy is the closest big galaxy to our Milky Way. At 2.5 million light-years, it's the most distant thing you can see with the eye alone.

Triangulum galaxy, the 2nd-closest spiral galaxy

The Triangulum galaxy, aka Messier 33, has the distinction of being the farthest object you can see with the unaided eye. But you'll need a dark site to catch a glimpse of it.

See Orion’s Belt as a celestial bridge

Many know Orion's Belt, a short straight row of 3 stars. To the Aymara - indigenous people in the Andes and Altiplano regions of South America - Orion's Belt is seen as a Celestial Bridge between the sky's Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

Pleiades – or 7 Sisters – known around the world

The Pleiades star cluster - aka the Seven Sisters or M45 - is visible from virtually every part of the globe. It looks like a tiny misty dipper of stars.