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Category — Astronomy

Wednesday’s Solstice – Will The Sun Stand Still?

The winter solstice marks the official start of winter. Read our easy-to-understand explanation of what’s actually happening out there!

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This Week: See the Full Moon, A Meteor Shower, and a Christmas Star

This week, there are a few exciting things to see in the evening sky. Find out where and when to look!

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Just How Big Is Space? We Put It Into Perspective For You

How far is a trip to the Moon if you were to drive there in your car? How big is the Sun? Prepare to have your mind blown!

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See The Moon Cover The Bull’s Eye

A special treat is in store for stargazers! Grab your telescope and watch the Moon pass in front of Aldebaran, the bright reddish star that is the eye of Taurus the Bull.

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This Week: Find Uranus, The Planet of Extremes

If you thought Mars was a strange planet, wait until you read about Uranus, with its 27 moons and its crazy seasons!

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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to December 2016

There are so many things to see in the sky this the month, including 2 meteor showers, another bright, full Moon, and several celestial pairings!

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This Week: Look For Our Solar System’s Smallest and Largest Planets

Both Mercury and Jupiter can be spotted this month, but they’re keeping opposite schedules. Learn more!

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Remembering The Great Leonid Meteor Storm of 1966

The Leonid Meteor Showers will peak this week. This year marks the 50th anniversary of a spectacular meteor display like no other. Learn more!

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