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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to November 2016

This month brings us some exciting things to see in the evening sky, including two meteor showers, the Pleiades star cluster, and the closest full Moon since 1948! Learn more.

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A different kind of election: “Name That Moon”

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The Great Square of Pegasus: Don’t Confuse It With The Big Dipper!

The famed winged horse of Greek mythology is easy to find on these autumn nights. But its shape is often confused with another well-known star cluster. Learn more.

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Autumn’s Stars in the Celestial Sea

Many of the season’s “watery” constellations have a rich body of lore and mythology associated with them. Learn more.

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Moonwatching: Observing Birds that Migrate at Night

Bird watchers and astronomers share common ground to explore the mysteries of this natural phenomenon. Learn more.

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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to October 2016

October is a great month to view Sirius, the sky’s brightest star, as well as two meteor showers, and the full Hunter’s Moon!

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This Week: See The Solar System’s Most Elusive Planet!

This week, Mercury will be far enough away from the Sun’s glare to easily be observed. Find out when and where to look!

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Get Ready For The Arrival of Fall!

Thursday, September 22, 2016, at 10:21 a.m. EDT, marks the first day of fall with the Autumnal Equinox. But what does that mean, exactly? We explain.

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