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Celestial News & Events

Where to See NASA's Comet Crash in the Sky

On Sunday night, July 3rd, NASA's Deep Impact probe will slam into Comet Tempel 1. You may not be able to see the comet brighten without binoculars or a telescope, but anyone can see the place in the sky where it happens.

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Watching Comet Tempel 1 — and Deep Impact

Glowing at 10th magnitude in the evening sky, the target of the Deep Impact mission awaits viewing with a medium-size telescope. Use our charts to find it.

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Comet Machholz on the Wane

A fine binocular comet will be beautifully high in the evening sky for months to come.

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More on the April 8th Solar Eclipse

Eclipse watchers ducking clouds share some spectacular snapshots.

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The April 8th Eclipse: Webcasts and Live Streamings

Most of us just get a partial eclipse or none at all on April 8, 2005, but lots of people and groups in the line of totality or annularity will be webcasting the show. Here are some links.

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The April 8th Eclipse of the Sun

In early April, observers in many parts of the Americas will see the Moon make a dent in the edge of the Sun.

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The April 24th Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Observing an eclipse isn't usually challenging, but detecting the pale outer fringe of Earth's shadow on the full lunar face can be tricky.

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Watch a Spacecraft Buzzing Earth

European observers can catch the interplanetary Rosetta craft zipping by at 8th or 9th magnitude on March 4th.

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Perseids Peak as Predicted

Preliminary analysis of the 2004 Perseid meteor shower confirms the forecast of an unusually brief and intense peak of meteor activity over Europe and Asia.

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2004: An Excellent Year for the Perseids

The Perseid meteor shower, due to peak on the morning of August 12th, should put on a nice show — and may display a surprising new component.

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The 2003 Perseids in Moonlight

This year the light from the full Moon will wash out the faint meteors belonging to this favorite shower.

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A Great Year for the Perseids

The most dependable of all meteor showers reaches the peak of its display in a moonless sky.

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A Late-Night Jupiter Occultation

The waning Moon covers bright Jupiter before dawn on December 7th for observers in the eastern two-thirds of the US and Canada.

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Celestial Highlights for 2004

Eclipses, occultations, comets, and a transit of Venus — it’s going to be an exciting year for observers.

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Catch Comet Machholz at Its Best

For observers in the northern hemisphere, all the circumstances are at their best in the first half of January for viewing this fine little comet.

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Call for Observations: Saturn's Moons

Advanced amateurs with CCD-equipped telescopes are encouraged to measure the "opposition effect" — a brightening expected to occur in the Saturnian system during this upcoming opposition (January 13–14).

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A Beautiful Lunar Eclipse

Clear skies throughout much of the Americas and parts of Europe and Africa allowed millions of people to enjoy a beautiful lunar eclipse during the evening of Nov. 8–9, 2003.

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The Geminids: An Exception to the Rule

The source of December's annual Geminid meteor shower is not what you might expect.

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Comet Machholz Observed

Comet Machholz, C/2004 Q2, continues to brighten on schedule as it moves toward the northern sky.

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New Comet Heading Sunward

Comet Bradfield is plainly visible in this image acquired by SOHO's LASCO C3 coronagraph on April 18, 2004. The Sun is in mid-frame, hidden by an occulting disk. Comet ASAS will not appear as bright and, unlike Bradfield, may not survive its close encounter with the Sun.Courtesy SOHO. Grzegorz Pojmanski…

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