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Moon and Saturn on July 7, 2014

Celestial News & Events

Two Moon-Planet Conjunctions Juice Up July

On July 5th, the Moon has a remarkably close brush with Mars, followed two nights later by a similar rendezvous with Saturn.

Two-faced Iapetus

Explore the Night with Bob King

Iapetus Comes Over to the Bright Side

Astronomers now know the secret of this moon's strange two-faced appearance, but it's still remarkable to watch the "now you see it, now you don't" performance as it moves around Saturn.

Celestial News & Events

Summer Quest for Noctilucent Clouds

Noctilucent clouds form at the boundary between Earth and space. Their electric blue billows incite the imagination and inspire us to keep watch at dusk for their arrival.

Two-tailed Comet PanSTARRS

Explore the Night with Bob King

Comet PanSTARRS Keeps Getting Better

Since C/2012 K1's discovery two years ago, this first-time visitor from the outer solar system has brightened steadily and is now within reach of a small telescope and even binoculars.

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