See A Delicate, Young Moon Tonight

Watch for a very young crescent at dusk in the southwestern sky this evening. New moon occurred yesterday at 7:31 p.m. CST, making tonight’s moon just 21 hours old as seen from the Central time zone or 20 hours old (Eastern), 22 hours (Mountain) and 23 hours (Pacific). European and African skywatchers, where the moon will be…
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Your Favorite Planet May Soon Turn Up In The Mail

The U.S. Postal Service recently sneak-previewed a new series of stamps this year highlighting NASA’s Planetary Science program, including a do-over of a famous Pluto stamp commemorating the New Horizons’ historic 2015 flyby and more. Watch for eight new colorful Forever stamps of NASA images of solar system planets, a Global Forever stamp dedicated to Earth’s…
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Venus And Saturn Alright, Alright, Alright

I like to think of Matthew McConaughey, who played Cooper in Interstellar, watching Saturday’s super-close conjunction between Venus and Saturn. Two worlds as different as Miller (a water world) and Mann (an ice world), he and the crew visited in the movie. Saturn — cold, distant, enormous and Venus —  hot, nearby and small. Both have at least one thing…
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Here’s What The Whole Universe Looks Like

Finally, we can see it all in one glance. So much easier than spending countless freezing and buggy nights looking through the telescope! OK, just kidding. It’s a pretty cool illustration though. The entire universe beginning in the center with the solar system. How we’ve missed that center. In ancient times, it was assumed Earth and humanity…
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Venus And Saturn On ‘Collision-course’ Conjunction

If you’ve been up at dawn this past week, you may have noticed a new planet in the morning sky. Saturn, King of the Rings, has returned! You can spot it about 60 to 75 minutes  before sunrise low in the southeastern sky a few degrees from brilliant Venus in Scorpius the Scorpion. You’ll also notice fiery…
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