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This Week in Astronomy Pictures: A Magnetic Whirlpool, Windblown Jets & More

Whether you're here for eye candy or a more cosmic perspective, these astronomy pictures released this week will do the trick.

Jupiter and Saturn in conjunction

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Jupiter and Saturn Have Historic Dusk Encounter

Don't miss the upcoming close conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21st!

Geminid meteor shower radiant

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Great Show Expected for the Geminids

Don’t miss the best meteor shower of the year. Catch the Geminid meteors as they peak on the moonless night of December 13–14.

Full Moon

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Blue Moon for Halloween

Enjoy the Blue Moon on Halloween night!

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Mars at Its Biggest and Brightest Until 2035

This is a big week for Mars: It will be at its closest to Earth on October 6th and at opposition on October 13th.

Colorful Perseid fireball

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Prepare for the Perseids

The annual Perseid meteor shower is upon us. The peak is expected to occur during the night of August 11–12.

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Ice Giants: Neptune and Uranus

Spot Uranus and Neptune, and relive the original discoveries.

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A Message from Sky & Telescope

The staff of Sky & Telescope outline an action plan for making the night sky open to all. Feedback from the community is welcome!

Comet at dawn

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A Bright New Visitor: How to Spot Comet NEOWISE

The July sky holds a shy but lovely newcomer to our neck of the universe, and you can see it for yourself very low in the northeast as dawn begins to brighten. But you’ll need to know what to look for, and binoculars will help.

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Delays in International Deliveries of Sky & Telescope

We are distressed to hear numerous reports from international readers about delays in receiving their issues of Sky & Telescope magazine. Some readers haven’t received their most recent issues at all. Here’s what’s happening and what we can (and can’t) do about it. International Mail Service During the Pandemic The…

Venus in the Pleiades

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The Pleiades Embrace Venus

If it’s clear this Friday evening, April 3rd, you’ll be treated to the sight of Venus and the Pleiades in an apparent cosmic embrace.

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2020 Star Parties Update

Organizations have cancelled or rescheduled several star parties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases, organizers are still in the process of making a decision on how and when to hold a given event. Here is an updated calendar of upcoming North American star parties and events, with a…

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Watch Mars Disappear Behind the Moon

If it’s clear on the morning of Tuesday February 18th, you could see Mars wink out as the Moon passes in front of the Red Planet. You’ll have to get up before or at sunrise to witness the event, but if skies are clear in your location, it will be well worth it.

Transit of Mercury 2019 (composite)

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Capturing the Transit of Mercury

Though clouds blocked the sky for many yesterday, those with a clear view had the chance to see tiny Mercury cross the face of the Sun.

Pro-Am Collaboration

From Lunar Flashes to Variable Stars: Pro-Am Astronomy Projects

Track satellites, spot flashes on the Moon, monitor violent stars — learn how amateur astronomers can become involved in professional science.

Infographic: (Back) to the Moon

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Infographic: (Back) To the Moon

Takes a look at what we can expect to see in the next five years of Moon exploration with Sky & Telescope's infographic from the July 2019 issue.

Diamond Ring by Aristeidis Voulgaris

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From the Frontline of Totality: Sky & Telescope Reports

Thousands of spectators, professional astronomers, and several Sky & Telescope editors traveled to see totality from the ground — and sky.

Total Eclipse 2017

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Where to Watch the July 2, 2019 Total Solar Eclipse Online

Whether cloudy skies or airfare prevent you from seeing the total solar eclipse on July 2nd, you can still see totality via one of the multiple webcasts we compile here.

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Four Things to Know About the Next Solar Eclipse

Prepare for the 2020 solar eclipse with these basic facts and other resources.

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Sky & Telescope Index: November 1941 to March 2021

A unified table of contents indexes all the articles in Sky & Telescope, now available online.

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