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Category — Astronomy

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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What Is Lunar X?

You’ve heard of the Man on the Moon but what about an X on the Moon? Learn what this “X” is and when you might be able to see it!

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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide To March 2016

Here’s an overview of what you can expect to see in March 2016, including the brilliant Jupiter, the Zodiacal light, and more!

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Now Is A Great Time To View Jupiter

The largest planet in our solar system shines brightly in the evening sky now, with a spectacular pairing with the nearly-full Moon. Learn when and where to look!

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Should Leap Days and Leap Years Take A Hike?

Our modern calendar system is as fascinating as it is confusing. We cover how it evolved, and pose the question, should we change the calendar again and do away with leap years altogether?

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