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Oppositions: Mars with full Moon Dec. 7, 2022.

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 2 – 10

Mars is at opposition this week. And on the opposition night of December 7-8, the perfectly full Moon occults Mars. Orion enters stage east ever earlier, the Summer Triangle sinks in the west, and the Big Dipper lies low.

Mars up close

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Mars Mesmerizes at December Opposition

It may not be the closest opposition, but this time around Mars arcs high across the sky where good seeing promises sharp views. That's not all. On December 7th, one night before opposition, the full Moon occults the Red Planet!

Moon shining with Jupiter, late evening Dec. 1, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, November 25 – December 3

Mars is closest to Earth this week, closer and brighter than we'll see it again until 2033. By late evening it's high overhead in excellent telescopic view.

Jupiter near the Circlet of Pisces

This Week's Sky At a Glance

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

Orion works its way up from behind the horizon after dinnertime and stands high by late evening. Big bright Jupiter and Mars dominate the sky. Jupiter is under the Great Square; Mars is in the horns of Taurus.

Comet ZTF (C/2022 E3) up close

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Sneak Peek at Two Promising Comets

Ready to chase comets? We look at two fuzzy solar system travelers that will keep you on your toes all fall and winter long.

Moon and Mars, Nov 11-12, 2022

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

The Moon shines in the east with ever-brightening Mars, then it wanes down into the early morning hours to leave the evenings dark for deep-sky observing. Jupiter glares on high. Vega and its binary accompaniments await you in the west.

Stars and moon

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Election Eclipse — Last Total Lunar Eclipse till 2025

Set the alarm and bring plenty of coffee. We've got a total lunar eclipse coming that you don't want to miss.

Moon with Jupiter, Nov 4-5, 2022

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

The Moon gets totally eclipsed this week as it walks from Jupiter to Mars. Saturn in the evening sky is at quadrature, which means an effect is under way for telescope users....

Moon crossing Sagittarius Teapot, Oct. 28-30, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, October 28 – November 5

The Summer Triangle Effect, a double shadow on Jupiter, the waxing Moon photobombs the solar system's two giants, an Algol dip — plan your skywatching week.

Mercury and thin crescent Moon at dawn, Oct. 23, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, October 21 – 29

Jupiter remains near its maximum possible size, and Mars continues to grow. Below Jupiter shines the Frog Star. And this week, Arcturus becomes the Ghost of Summer Suns.

Orionid composite

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All About the Dust — Orionids and Zodiacal Light

It doesn't take much to create a spectacle when it comes to astronomical observation. Just a pinch or two of dust.

Waning Moon passing Mars in late evening, Oct 14-15, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, October 14 – 22

These moonless evenings open the sky for good constellation spotting and deep-sky probing. Pegasus flies high. Draco eyes Vega. And it's time for the Orionid meteors.

The bright Moon shines with Jupiter Oct. 8, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, October 7 – 15

The bright Moon this week passes Jupiter, then Mars. Deep-sky darkness starts returning to the evening sky on the Thursday the 13th. The bulky Andromegasus Dipper is on autumn display.

Moonrise

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Full Moon Fringe Benefits

The upcoming Hunter's Moon reminds us of the many ways we can enjoy observing our humble satellite.

Crescent Moon with Antares at dusk, Sept. 30, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, September 30 – October 8

The Moon poses with Antares at dusk. A few nights later, lunar sunrise unveils the sharp black line of the Straight Wall in Mare Nubium for small-telescope users. Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars span the evening sky. Mercury climbs onstage at dawn.

Cup-shaped dawn crescent Moon, Sept 24, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, September 23 – October 1

Cygnus and the Milky Way cross the zenith after the end of twilight. Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars await your scope through the night. A thin crescent Moon poses favorably at dawn — because it's cupped.

The waning Moon lines up with Mars and Aldebaran; midnight Sept 16-17, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, September 16 – 24

The late-night Moon aligns with Mars and Aldebaran. Delta Cephei pulses on high. And constellations all over the sky signal the change from summer to fall.

Moon passing under Jupiter Sept 10-11, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, September 9 – 17

As the Moon wanes from full to last quarter, passing Jupiter and Mars along the way, darkness returns to the evening sky for constellation spotters and deep-sly observers.

Waxing gibbous Moon passing Saturn at dusk, Sept 7-8, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, September 2 – 10

As the Moon waxes from first quarter to full, watch it cross the southernmost zodiac constellations, then pass Saturn and Jupiter. Along the way it occults a Teapot star.

Moon crossing from Scorpius to Sagittarius, Sept. 2-4, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, Aug. 26 – Sept. 3

Scorpius lies down after dark and the Moon walks across it. Jupiter shines high in the southeast by midnight just about as big and bright as it can ever get. An hour or two earlier, Saturn reaches a good observing height.

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