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Pleiades and the Moon

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The Moon Meets the Pleiades

The Moon will be closing in on Messier 45 tonight; observers along the West Coast may see the Moon pass in front of some of the star cluster.

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Starry Starry Night

Open star clusters are among the most straightforward deep-sky objects to observe with binoculars, and three wonderful targets for Northern Hemisphere observers ride high overhead as darkness falls at this time of year.

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This Weekend's Total Lunar Eclipse

For many of us, the Moon is about to go dark for the first time in 2½ years.

March 3rd eclipse map

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March 3rd's Total Lunar Eclipse

For many of us, the Moon is about to go dark for the first time in 2½ years.

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The Best Asteroid Occultation in Decades: A First Report

On the morning of January 26th, at least 20 observers spread from Virginia to northern California timed the occultation of the star 32 Lyncis by the asteroid (372) Palma — in spite of the track shifting nearly half a path-width south of what was predicted.

Looking west-southwest in twilight

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Inner Planets in the Evening

Venus and Mercury shine in the west after sunset. The pair will be closest on Sunday evening.

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Get Hooked on the Ringed Planet

It's nearly full Moon, so you might need an excuse to go outside and brave the frigid weather. Here's a great one: treat yourself to the majesty of Saturn. Right now the planetary gem is shining in Leo at magnitude 0.0, and it is currently the brightest it will be for many years to come.

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Friday's Stellar Vanishing Act

This coming Friday morning you'll need only binoculars, a clear sky, and the right location to witness the best asteroid occultation visible in the continental US during the last quarter century.

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Eclipses in 2007

Two total lunar eclipses are visible from parts of North America in 2007. But if you're looking for a total solar eclipse, you'll need to wait till August 2008 — and travel to Central Asia.

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Meteor Showers in 2007

The coming year promises to be a good one for observing showers of shooting stars.

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Tour January's Sky by Ear

January nights may be cold, but they boast a spectacular array of constellations. Our podcast will guide you through this month's sky with no need to fuss with paper or red flashlights.

Looking southwest in bright twilight

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Celestial Omens

Go out at dusk to see Venus and the crescent Moon pair up. It is always a sight to behold when the brightest objects in the evening sky get together.

Looking southeast in bright dawn

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A Reason to Rise

Most of us consider weekends a time for sleeping in, but skywatchers who get up before the Sun are presently in for a treat. A trio of planets will dance with the bright star Antares, and on the mornings of the 17th and 18th there will be a guest appearance by the waning crescent Moon. The performance is free, but clear skies and an unobstructed southeastern horizon are required.

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Aurora Watch!

Talk about a red-letter night for astronomy. Not only are Geminid meteors still raining down from the skies, there is a major aurora alert in effect for Thursday and Friday. No telescope needed. Just get outside and look up.

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Best Meteor Shower of 2006

With only minor interference from the Moon, the Geminids should put on a great display late Wednesday night and Thursday morning. What's more, a major solar flare just erupted, providing a strong chance for a tremendous northern lights show on Thursday or Friday.

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Tour August's Evening Sky in 2006

Download this MP3 file to your iPod or other handheld device, and you'll be guided to Jupiter, the constellation Scorpius, the Milky Way, and more! You'll also get tips on when and how to watch the Perseid meteor shower. (5.5MB file; hosted by Kelly Beatty, editor of Night Sky magazine.)

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Tour July's Evening Sky In 2006

Track down dazzling Jupiter and the trio of bright stars that comprise the Summer Triangle. (4MB MP3 file; hosted by Kelly Beatty, editor of Night Sky magazine.)

Planets at Dawn

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Mercury and Mars at Dawn

Rise and shine! Fleeting Mercury will be highest above the southeastern horizon Sunday morning — your best chance to see it until February. It joins Mars in a predawn appearance.

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Comet SWAN Still Glows After Dusk

Comet SWAN remains a nice but fading target for telescopes in early evening. Follow it using our chart.

Looking southwest in bright twilight

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A Crescent Moon and Friends

The crescent Moon all by itself is a gorgeous sight when it hangs low above the horizon amid twilight. The scene improves when it's paired with a second bright object. During the next several evenings the Moon will move southward and upward as it waxes toward first-quarter phase on September 30th.