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Path of 2002 NY40

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How to Watch Saturday's Asteroid Flyby

For help in locating asteroid 2002 NY40 on August 17–18, Sky & Telescope has prepared four (PDF) finder charts (see page 2). S&T: Roger Sinnott and Gregg Dinderman. On Saturday night, August 17–18, a recently discovered asteroid will pass close enough to Earth to be easily spotted in small telescopes…

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Dawn Comet

Another new comet, even brighter than Comet Hoenig, can now be seen low in the northeastern sky around morning twilight by observers in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Comet Hoenig Heads South

This unexpectedly bright little comet (magnitude 7.5 or so) is currently heading south through Draco toward Ursa Major and Canes Venatici.

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June 2002's Transpacific Solar Eclipse

Bad weather foiled some observers, but many others enjoyed fine views of the partial eclipse of the Sun on June 10-11, 2002.

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Moon Pairs with Jupiter and Venus

The crescent Moon forms two beautiful conjunctions with the two brightest planets during twilight Wednesday and Thursday.

Solar System

All Eyes on Pluto

July's encounters with two 12th-magnitude stars could rewrite the textbooks on the Pluto-Charon system.

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June's Transpacific Solar Eclipse

Most of North America is in line to see the partial phase of June's annular eclipse of the Sun.

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May's Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

On May 26th skywatchers in the Pacific Rim region can watch the Moon pass through the outer fringe of Earth's shadow.

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Dance of the Planets Concludes

The grand and beautiful planetary lineup is drawing to a close as Venus approaches Jupiter in the western sky at dusk.

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A Bonanza of Comets

In addition to Comet Ikeya-Zhang, there are 3 faint comets currently visible to Northern Hemisphere observers.

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Comet Ikeya-Zhang Heads South

This comet remains visible in binoculars as it heads south through the spring sky.

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A Little Comet for Southern Hemisphere Observers

Early in 2002, observers living south of the equator will have their chance to see Comet LINEAR (C/2000 WM1).

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Martian Flare Watch

Sharp-eyed amateurs have an opportunity to observe a rare phenomenon on another planet and help solve a long-standing puzzle.

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