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Category — Astronomy

Look Up! A Stargazer’s Guide to April 2017

Here’s a calendar of astronomy events going on in the sky this month, including a meteor shower, a pairing of the Moon and Jupiter, and much more!

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What Is A Wet Moon or “Cheshire Moon”? Spot It This Week!

At certain times of the year, the Moon changes position in the sky giving viewers something to smile about. Learn more!

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What’s The Difference Between Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors?

When studying astronomy and all the interesting things in space, some of the terms can get confusing. We explain some of the ones that are commonly confused.

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This Month: Brilliant Venus Transitions To The Morning Sky

Venus has put on a spectacular show this winter as an evening “star,” but things shift, starting this month. Find out when and where to look to see this dazzling celestial world.

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This Month: Mercury Comes Out of Hiding

Mercury is usually hidden in the glare of the Sun but this month, skywatchers are in for a treat. Find out when the best times are to view it.

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Sky Watch: The Moon Covers The Eye of the Bull

On Saturday night, March 4th, look for an eclipse of a different sort! Find out when and where to look.

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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to March 2017

Here’s a calendar of astronomical events happening in March 2017, including several planetary line ups, a full Moon, and the arrival of the Vernal Equinox.

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Does Glimmering Sirius Have An Invisible Companion?

In the late 19th century, two astronomers made some stunning discoveries about the brightest star in our night sky.

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