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Good Morning, Orion!

An August jaunt at dawn reacquaints us with the constellation Orion, the harbinger of winter.

Moment of impact

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Texas Amateur Detects Possible Impact on Jupiter

It looks like Jupiter got slammed again! A bright flash from a possible impact lit up the planet's South Equatorial Belt Tuesday night. 

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Perseid Prospects, Mornings with Mercury and the Lunar X

With the Perseid shower, a great morning apparition of Mercury, and a chance to see craters scratch out an X on the moon, skywatchers have a busy week ahead! 

Roadmap to a stellar nursery

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Wallow a While in the Lagoon Nebula

We take a dip in one of summer's finest nebulae and explore everything from spooky Bok globules to the tornadic Hourglass Nebula. Don't forget your snorkel, er, telescope! Sometimes a single deep-sky object becomes your whole universe. So it was for me when I took several deep wades in the…

Fireball Over Ontario

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Fireball May Have Dropped Meteorites in Ontario

A lime-green meteor as bright as the full Moon streaked across Canadian skies on July 24th and may have delivered free samples from the asteroid belt.

Multifaceted world

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Lonely Pluto Is More than a Speck

With Saturn pointing the way, it's easy to venture into the Kuiper Belt this summer and pay a visit to Pluto.

Armstrong, Aldrin & Collins

Moon

Celebrate Apollo 11 with a Visit to Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins Craters

Find the craters named for the three astronauts who flew the first manned mission to land on the Moon.

Planets

A Spoonful of Saturn to Sweeten the Night

Move over Jupiter, it's time for Saturn to shine! At opposition this week, the ringed planet is at its brightest and closest for the year.

29Pgoes pop!

Comets

Where Have All the Comets Gone?

It seems like forever since a bright comet has come around. We look at current and future prospects.

Deep Sky

See Southern Hemisphere Stars in This Journey to the Bottom of the Sky

How Low Can You Go? Journey to the Bottom of the Sky

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Welcome Back, Milky Way!

Twilight's end brings the return of the summer Milky Way to the eastern sky. We unravel the anatomy of our home galaxy by teasing out the hidden structures within that glowing band. 

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Freaky Noctilucent Clouds Break Out All Over

Night-shining clouds made of ice and meteor smoke are on the increase. We explore their origins and how to see them.

Flakey Red Spot

Celestial News & Events

Jupiter Is Outstanding at Opposition

Prime-time Jupiter viewing kicks off this month when the planet reaches opposition on June 10th. 

An arm to the sun

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SpaceX Launches First Volley of Starlink Satellites

The 60 Starlink satellites parading across the sky make an incredible sight, but some skywatchers wonder at what cost to the night.

Star queen of Serpens

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See Bright Nebulae Millions of Light-Years Away

We leave the Milky Way behind and venture out to explore giant star-bursting regions in the galaxies M101 and NGC 2366.

Bob King Watches an ISS pass

Space Satellites

Watch International Space Station Flybys All Night Long

The annual International Space Station marathon viewing season begins later this week, when skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere can watch up to five successive ISS passes in one night.

Bumbling along

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The Moon Bumbles Into the Beehive Friday

The thick crescent Moon occults oodles of stars in the Beehive star cluster Friday evening for much of the Americas.

Celestial News & Events

An Excellent Year for the Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower

With no Moon to muss, take a crack at seeing the Eta Aquariids, which could be one of the better meteor showers of the year.

Astronomy and Stargazing Projects

Hunting Bright Variable Stars in M5 and M13

Globular clusters are packed with variable stars, some of which are easy to see and follow in amateur telescopes. We explore M5 and M13, two of the season's finest.

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Double Date with a Dragon

For your enjoyment, a diverse selection of double stars in Draco for small and medium telescopes.

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