Make A Date With The Moon Tonight

The moon’s one of the best ways to get into astronomy. It’s bright, easy to find and doesn’t take any equipment other than your eyes to appreciate. That’s why the moon-lovers at NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, along with help from other NASA agencies and hundreds of astronomy groups, sponsor an International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) each year.…
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See A Beauty Morning Conjunction / Zodiacal Light Returns

We’ve hit a run of clear skies, so it feels like a shopping spree up there. Anything a skywatcher might want to see — sunsets, meteors, a last look at Saturn, the Milky Way, the latest comets — is easy pickings. It’s no wonder the hobby of astronomy can drive some people crazy with its boom…
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Occultation Alert: A Dramatic Disappearance And Reappearance Of Regulus

One of the sky’s brightest stars will be blanked out by the waning crescent moon in a dramatic morning occultation this Sunday, Oct. 15. The event happens in a dark sky before and at dawn for all of the U.S. and Central America.  There are only four bright stars that are ever occulted by the…
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Holey Sun Could Fire Up Auroras Tonight

In one of the Winnie the Pooh stories I read to my kids, the lovable bear carries around a bag or sock with a hole in it. One day, he and Piglet get lost in the forest, but thanks to the the hole, the crumbs lead them back to safety. The sun’s like that. It…
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The Planets And Moon Have Something Nice In Store

Earlier this morning, Mars and Mercury passed very close to one another low in the eastern sky at dawn. Sunday morning (Sept. 17), they’ll still be just ½° apart and preceded by the star Regulus, planet Venus and the crescent moon.  It gets even better on the 18th, when the moon, now sliver-thin, resides like a…
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