Mars And Moon Are Mates Tonight / Binocular Comet Eludes The Lion’s Bite

As twilight gives way to darkness tonight, look up at the waxing moon in the south. Just above it you’ll see the planet Mars. If you’re game, whip out a pair of binoculars and see if you can spot Mars before sunset using the moon as guide. It’s been two months now since Mars made…
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Guide To The Best Astronomical Sights Of 2014

As the 2013 comes to an end, we look back for a moment at the year’s biggest stories then telescope into the new year to check out all the astronomical sights that await us. Here are my picks for 2013’s Top Ten stories in order of importance: 1. Chelyabinsk meteorite fall over Russia Feb. 15…
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Comet Lovejoy Keeps On Giving / Bright Comet Prospects For 2014

Things have gotten awfully quiet around here ever since Comet ISON left the stage. The half dozen or so comets sprinkled about morning and evening skies are faint and require detailed charts and good-sized telescopes to see and appreciate. Except for Comet Lovejoy. This gift to beginner and amateur astronomers alike keeps on giving. Still…
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