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Eclipses

Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2020

Six eclipses occur in 2020, with one total and one annular solar eclipse in the mix. But the four lunar eclipses will be disappointing brushes through the fringe of Earth's shadow.

Mars and Venus in January 2020

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

January 2020: Mid-winter Wonders

New Year's resolution: Do more stargazing! (Hint: Get an easy and entertaining head start by downloading this month's Sky Tour podcast for a guided tour of the night sky.)

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High Hopes for the 2020 Quadrantid Meteor Shower

The annual Quadrantid meteor shower is expected to put on a great early morning show this weekend.

Betelgeuse in Orion

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Betelgeuse is Dimming . . . Why?

The bright star Betelgeuse has faded to a historic low as astronomers try to figure out why.

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The Best Meteor Showers in 2020

Sky & Telescope predicts that the three best meteor showers — the Quadrantids (peaking on January 4th!), Perseids and Geminids — will all have strong showings this year.

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What to See with Your New Telescope

Maybe you just got a shiny new telescope to call your own. Congratulations — you could be on your way to discovering many amazing, far, deep things in the night sky.

Chile-Argentina eclipse path in 2020

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2020 Total Solar Eclipse: Update from Patagonia

Check out the viewing site and accommodations in Argentina's lush Lake District for Sky & Telescope's expedition to witness the 2020 total solar eclipse on December 14, 2020.

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Geminids and the Moon Duke it Out

Don't let light from the gibbous Moon discourage you from enjoying the annual Geminid meteor show on the peak night, December 13-14.

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Meteor Shower Was a Dud, But Showing Up Was Half the Fun

The Alpha Monocerotids happened as predicted, even if not quite as we expected.

Alpha Monocerotid Radiants

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Intense Meteor Storm Expected from the Alpha Monocerotids

Circle the date November 21st on your calendar, when a brief but potentially spectacular meteor storm might light up the night.

Transit of Mercury 2019 (composite)

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Capturing the Transit of Mercury

Though clouds blocked the sky for many yesterday, those with a clear view had the chance to see tiny Mercury cross the face of the Sun.

Explore the Night with Bob King

Don't Miss Monday's Rare Transit of Mercury

On Monday, November 11th, Mercury will pass directly in front of the Sun and look a tiny black dot silhouetted against the brilliant solar disk. The event, called a transit, occurs approximately 13 times a century.

Transit comparison

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Citizen Science with the Transit of Mercury

If you're planning on watching the November 11th transit of Mercury, try kicking it up a notch — watch with a friend and calculate the distance between Earth and the Sun!

Incoming point

Asteroids

"Potentially Hazardous" Asteroid Is Headed For Your Telescope

A potentially hazardous asteroid makes a flyby of Earth this Friday, offering amateurs with modest telescopes a chance to ride along.

Moon

Crack Your Crescent Moon Record

Calling all crescent lovers! Here's a chance to set a new personal record by seeing one of the oldest moons ever.

Comet Africano in full glory

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Autumn Comets, Mira's Eye & The Orionid Meteor Shower

Four comets, a famous variable star, and sprinkles of dust from Halley's Comet are highlights of the October sky.

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International Observe the Moon Night 2019

Observe the first-quarter Moon on October 5 for International Observe the Moon Night. Here's a guide to tell you what to look for.

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Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

October 2019: Giant Planets & Bits of Comet

This month's Sky Tour let's you enjoy close pairings of the Moon with Jupiter and Saturn; explore interesting stars and constellations, and keep watch for blazing bits of Halley's Comet.

Interstellar Comet Borisov

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Will Amateurs Be Able to See the New Interstellar Comet?

Only the second object thus far to visit the solar system from interstellar space, Comet Borisov is expected to reach perihelion in December. What can we see now?

Annular eclipse path December 26, 2019

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100 Days Until Christmas “Ring of Fire” Eclipse

Here’s everything you need to know about the annular solar eclipse that will cross over much of Asia on December 26, 2019.

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