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Category — Astronomy

This Week: Will You Spot An Earthgrazing Fireball?

The cosmic rubble from Halley’s Comet could create some shooting stars like nothing you’ve ever seen. Learn where and when to watch!

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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide To May 2016

There are some exciting things happening in the night sky this month, including a Blue Moon, a meteor shower from the dust of Halley’s Comet, and much more!

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The Big Dipper: More Than Meets The Eye

Could the stars within the Big Dipper help you pass an eye test? Learn more.

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What Are The Colors of Stars?

Many stars appear white in the night sky, but are there other colors as well? Find out!

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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide To April 2016

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of April 2016, including a meteor shower, a pairing of the Moon and Mercury, a trio of planets, and much more!

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How Many Stars Are There, Really?

Astronomers often get asked this question, and the answer may surprise you!

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Star Light, Star Bright

Many astronomy stories refer to the magnitude of a star or planet. But what exactly does that mean? Find out!

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A Celestial Gem: Praesepe, The Manger

This open star cluster was once identified as a manger, complete with donkeys, over 20 centuries ago. Learn more!

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