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Category — Astronomy

This Week: The Winter Circle Lassos the Moon

Don’t miss the waxing gibbous moon shining inside this interesting pattern of stars from February 5th- 7th. Learn more!

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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to February 2017

Get ready for a penumbral eclipse of the Moon, some close planetary pairings, and other must-see sky events this month.

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Remembering The Bright Stars of the Apollo 1 Crew

Fifty years ago, NASA experienced its first space disaster that resulted in the deaths of three astronauts. Find out how their legacy lives on in the stars.

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This Week: Meet Castor – Six Stars in One

Aren’t the stars of Gemini supposed to be identical twins? Turns out, there’s more there than meets the eye! Plus, find out when the Moon pairs up with 2 visible planets.

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How Do The Stars “Move” Across The Sky?

Have you ever wondered why we look for Orion in the winter and Scorpius in the summer? We explain, plus help you track the “movement” of the stars with a fun experiment!

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The Pleiades: More Stars Than Meets The Eye

Few star figures are as familiar and unique as the Pleiades, known as the Seven Sisters. Learn more about what makes up this glittery, heavenly cluster.

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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to January 2017

Happy New Year! Here’s a calendar of astronomy events for the month, that includes a meteor shower, several planetary line-ups, a full Moon, and more!

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This Week: Sirius Shines Like A Diamond

Find out why the brightest star in the sky was once known as “The Sparkling Star.”

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