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Moon with Jupiter, Mars, Venus at dawn, May 25-27, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 20 – 28

The advancing spring sends Vega high and Capella low. The Coma Berenices cluster glitters shyly way up, big and dim. Glance up anytime to check on changing Beta Lyrae. And now in the dawn, Jupiter aligns with Mars.

November 2021 Lunar eclipse

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Witness a Total Lunar Eclipse on Sunday, May 15–16

The full Flower Moon ducks inside Earth's shadow in a total lunar eclipse this month. We help you prepare for all the highlights of the special event.

Spica and Corvus. Image by Akira Fujii.

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 13 – 21

The Moon becomes totally eclipsed, Corvus eyes Spica, Draco eyes Vega, and the last star of the rising Summer Triangle clears the horizon.

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 6 – 14

The Moon aligns with Pollux and Castor – but how precisely for you? Three zero-magnitude stars form a far-flung spring triad. And with Libra and Bootes up, the two oldest things you will ever see await your binoculars or scope.

Mercury, Pleiades, crescent Moon, May 2, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 29 – May 6

Mercury passes the Pleiades at dusk. Jupiter passes Venus in the dawn as Mars and Saturn watch. And can you name the three brightest stars of these spring nights? Hint: They're all magnitude zero.

Moon, Mars, Saturn, Venus. Jupiter, April 25-27, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 22 – 30

Arcturus, Spica, and Corvus put on their spring show. The Pointers point straight down at nightfall, which means Leo walks the high south and the Arch of Spring spans the west.

Bright Lyrid

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Celebrate Spring with the Lyrids

People have been watching the annual Lyrid meteor shower for more than 2,700 years. Come join the crowd!

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Plan Now for the 2023 Solar Eclipse in Western Australia

Here's what to know if you want to see this hybrid (mostly total) solar eclipse next year.

Four planets at dawn: Venus, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, April 16, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 15 – 23

Orion descends, Leo walks sideways, the Dog Stars stand up straight, the Moon wanes past full, and at dawn, Jupiter, Venus, Mars, and Saturn form a diagonal straight line.

Venus, Mars, and Saturn at dawn, April 9, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 8 – 16

The gibbous Moon passes through Leo and Virgo as it waxes toward full, forming new Moon-and-stars "lunarisms" (patterns) each evening. Mercury begins a new apparition in the sunset. At dawn, Jupiter emerges to join the lineup of Venus, Mars, and Saturn.

Total solar eclipse 2019 in Chile

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Two Years to the 2024 American Total Solar Eclipse!

It’s never too early to start getting excited — and begin planning — for an event as spectacular as a total solar eclipse.

Saturn and Mars in dawn conjunction near Venus, April 4 2022with Venus

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 1 – 9

The evening Moon climbs toward the Arch of Spring, then through it. Orion's Belt levels, the Leaps of the Gazelle cross the zenith, and Saturn and Mars conjoin near brilliant Venus in early dawn.

Venus, Mars, Saturn and waning Moon, March 27-28, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 25 – April 2

What constellation trots behind Sirius and Canis Major across the southern sky? Puppis, not a puppy but the poop deck of Argo Navis. In this dark of the Moon, try for the Clown-Face Nebula high in Gemini. And the three dawn planets dance through two more isosceles triangles.

Venus, Mars, Saturn at dawn, March 19, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 18 – 26

Sirius sparkles on the corner of the Meat Cleaver, two open clusters hide under the Cleaver's handle, Orion's Belt levels out for the turning of spring, and Venus, Mars and Saturn slow-dance at dawn.

Moon crossing Gemini, March 11-13, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 11 – 19

Sirius, bright dogtag of Canis Major, offers observing challenges day and night. The Big Dipper balances Cassiopeia, and the nearly full Moon occults a Leo star.

Moon passing Aldebaran and the Pleiades, March 8-9, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 4 – 12

Evenings see the crescent Moon return, Sirius at its peak in the south, and the Dipper and Cassiopeia in balance toward the north. For planets, look to the dawn.

Full moon and Earth shadow

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Uncovering Secrets of Earth's Shadow

The daily rising and setting of Earth's shadow is a beautiful sight anyone on the planet can view. It's also an opportunity to witness the rapid changes that accompany sunset or sunrise, but at the opposite end of the sky.

Moon, Venus, Mars at dawn, Feb. 26-27, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, February 25 – March 5

As the winter Milky Way rides high, open star clusters near and far, and from compact to sparse, await your binoculars or telescope, At dawn catch the Venus-Mars pair, and try for the closer Mercury-Saturn pair lower down.

Venus, Mars, Mercury at dawn, Feb. 19, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, February 18 – 26

With the Moon gone from the evening sky, trace out Monoceros the Unicorn walking behind Orion. Spot the famous binocular star clusters at his eye and horn-tip, and don't miss M41 under Sirius. Meanwhile, the waning Moon, passes Venus, Mars and Mercury at dawn.

Moon crossing Gemini, Feb 12-13, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, February 11 – 19

The Winter Hexagon hosts the Moon. Then Castor and Pollux nail the Moon. Then the Little and Big Dog stars arc gracefully away from it. Meanwhile in early dawn, Mercury, Venus and Mars continue as a triangle low in the southeast.

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