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November's Audio Guide to the Heavens

Finding Comet Holmes — and other great sky sights — is a snap if you download this podcast to your MP3 player and head outdoors after dark.

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Comet Holmes: A Halloween Treat!

Greet your trick-or-treaters with two Halloween treats: a bit of candy and a view of Comet Holmes.

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Comet Holmes Beckons Skygazers Worldwide

As of January 4th the comet, ever-enlarging and thinning, is still in naked-eye view — but only if you have a fairly dark-sky site. Use binoculars to follow its next moves.

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See the International Space Station Tonight!

The world's largest orbiting satellite is a snap to spot if you know where and when to look for it.

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Uranian Moons Transit Tonight

This evening, if you've got a good planetary imaging setup, see if you can rcord the shadows of Titania and Ariel as they drift across the cloud tops of Uranus.

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

Listen to October's Podcast

Fact: the "Summer Triangle" is easiest to see at this time of year. Learn all about it — and lots more — in our easy-on-the-ears guided tour of the October evening sky.

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Let's Count Stars!

Researchers want you to help them examine the pervasiveness of light pollution during October.

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Astronomy Day, Redux

For the second time this year, skywatchers the world over are celebrating Astronomy Day. If the sky is clear this weekend, you'll be treated to a bounty of late-summer stars and planets.

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An Eclipse-chaser's Mad Dash

Some people will go to the ends of the Earth — and do anything possible — to see a solar eclipse.

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Aurigids Aplenty!

Just as predicted, the Aurigid shower delivered a burst of meteors created by particles shed by a comet more than 2,000 years ago.

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Listen to Our September Podcast

This month's podcast explores how there still plenty of summer's stars to view even as we transition to autumn.

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A Particularly Dark Full Moon

Tuesday morning's total lunar eclipse made for a stunningly dark, beautiful sight.

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Vesta Visits Jupiter

The brightest asteroid swings by the King of Planets from August 28th to the 31st.

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Earth To Hit Aurigid Meteors

Western skywatchers are hoping to see a display of bright meteors on the morning of September 1st, as the Aurigid meteor shower is predicted to make a strong but brief showing.

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Lunar Eclipse on August 28th

Catch the Moon in eclipse before sunrise on August 28th.

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Uranus and Neptune in 2007

Sky & Telescope diagramThe solar system beyond Saturn has been much in the news in the last year, but just three of its denizens are visible in amateur telescopes. Binoculars readily show Uranus and, with a little more difficulty, Neptune. Pluto normally needs at least an 8-inch telescope and a…

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Prepare for the Perseids

August is the best month to view meteors from the Northern Hemisphere. And conditions are ideal this year, with activity peaking on the new-Moon night of Sunday–Monday, August 12–13.

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Mercury Meets the Twins

In the early morning hours of August 1st, you can see Mercury in the constellation Gemini.

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Jupiter's Circulating Current

Amateurs capture Jupiter's spots in the act of jumping belts.

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Increasing Chance of Meteors

The meteor rate is finally picking up after a multi-month drought.