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A Week Of Exceptional Planetary Conjunctions

After a quiet weekend sky-wise, we’ve got a busy week ahead. On Tuesday night, Mars and Saturn will line up with Antares in Scorpius followed on Saturday by the closest conjunction of two naked-eye planets for the year. On Saturday evening, August 27, Venus and Jupiter will approach within a hair’s breadth of each other as viewed…
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Quiet Aurora And Star-Drenched Nights

Like a pot set to simmer that never boils, the aurora never quite bubbled up into easy viewing last night. It was there alright, so long as you had dark skies and could see down to the northern horizon. I watched it on and off for an hour and a half while hunting globular clusters…
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Observing Challenge — See A Slim Crescent, Venus, Mercury And Jupiter At Dusk

Every so often in this blog we feature an observing challenge. Since the summer weather’s so nice and you have a little free time after dinner, why not grab your binoculars and head out to the nearest western horizon shortly after sunset. If the air is transparent with no haze or clouds obstructing the view, tomorrow…
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Fireworks On Earth And In Heaven

Tonight across the U.S. millions of us will be out watching the sky flare and boom with fireworks in honor of American independence. It’s also a rare night because we’ll all be doing the same thing at dusk — looking up at the night sky. Shining down from above, we’ll drop in on two stars that may…
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Seek Balance In Your Life, See Libra

In late June, you can connect Mars, Saturn and Scorpius’s brightest star Antares to make a nifty right triangle in the southern sky at nightfall. Mars has begun to fade a bit but remains the single brightest “star” in the south direction, its color somewhere between lava and fire. The planet is coming to the…
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