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Two Comets in 2004

A pair of comets will grace the evening sky in May; Southern Hemisphere observers will have fine views of both.

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The 2003 Leonids: Back to Normal?

Interactions between Earth and a pair of debris trails left by Comet Tempel-Tuttle may make for some interesting, albeit brief, Leonid meteor activity this year.

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Leonids '02: A Sprinkle in the Moonlight

Norwegian amateur Jarle Aasland caught this 2002 Leonid streaking past the bright star Aldebaran in Taurus, the Bull, at 4:57 UT on November 19th. He used a Nikon D100 (digital SLR) set to ISO 800 and a 5-second exposure.Courtesy Jarle Aasland. I arrived at the Sky & Telescope offices this…

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Leonids 2002: The Grand Finale

Despite the presence of a full Moon, the possibility of seeing one last Leonid storm should bring observers out in force.

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A Naked-Eye Spot Returns

The immense sunspot group that on November 4th ejected the largest solar flare ever recorded has rotated around the Sun and is back for a second pass across the Earth-facing side of the solar disk.

Sun on November 3, 2003

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More Solar Blasts

Two large sunspot groups, currently disappearing around the western limb of the Sun, spawned another round of powerful flares. The result could be one more fine display of the aurora.

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A Frozen Eclipse

Though few people were fortunate enough to be in Antarctica to see it, the November 23rd total solar eclipse has been heralded as superb.

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A Far-Southern Eclipse of the Sun

Lands Down Under are the only places that will experience the solar eclipse of November 23–24.

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November's Lunar Eclipse

A brief total elipse on November 8–9 will be visible in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and western and southern Asia.

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Solar Flare Again Spawns an Aurora

For the second time in the last few days, a powerful flare on the Sun triggered an unusual display of the aurora borealis over some of the world's midlatitudes.

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The Orionids: Steady but Unspectacular

With a fat crescent Moon high in the sky during the predawn hours of the 21st, this is a so-so year for observing the annual Orionid meteor shower.

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Eclipse 2002: Africa or Australia?

In December the Dark Continent offers a longer duration of totality than the Australian Outback, but the latter site presents much better weather prospects. The choice is yours.

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The Dark of an Eclipsed Moon

Most observers who witnessed the lunar eclipse of May 15th described totality as being darker than usual.

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May's Unusual Solar Eclipse

On May 31st the Sun was a "ring of fire" over parts of Scotland, Iceland, and Greenland, while observers in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia enjoyed a partial solar eclipse.

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Jupiter Visits the Beehive

During March and April, the open cluster M44 in Cancer is easy to find — just look for it beside brilliant Jupiter.

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Solar Activity Continues

A large spot is now visible on the Sun's surface. It's big enough to be seen without optical aid, but always use a safe solar filter when viewing the Sun.

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An Annular Eclipse in May

At the end of May, observers in several fairly remote locations will see the Moon nearly hide the Sun.

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May's Total Lunar Eclipse

For almost an hour in mid-May, the Moon will turn dim and fiery orange.

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Comet Juels-Holvorcem Visible at Dawn

The comet has brightened considerably since its discovery in late 2002 and is now an easy binocular object in the constellation Andromeda.

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Large Sunspot Visible

After being nearly featureless for several weeks, the solar face now sports a large sunspot.

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