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The Moon Salutes Jupiter

On the evening of Sunday, March 17th, stargazers all across the Americas will be able to watch the Moon pass spectacularly close to Jupiter, the third brightest object in the night sky after the Moon and Venus.


Guide to Messier 101

This is the web supplement to Howard Banich's article "The Determined Observer's Guide to M101," in the June 2013 issue of Sky & Telescope. In it, Banich describes observing M101 with his motorized 28-inch alt-azimuth Newtonian, preparing the sketch shown below at low resolution. M101 is extraordinarily rich in active…


The May-June 2013 Planet Dance

A remarkable series of events takes place low in the west-northwest shortly after sunset from late May to late June. It features the tightest three-planet grouping visible without binoculars until 2026 and an excellent apparition of Mercury.

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Uranus and Neptune in 2013

Uranus and Neptune are easy to find with the aid of the charts in this article.

Mercury and Mars, February 2013

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Mercury in February 2013

Mercury has a fine evening apparition in February 2013, featuring an extraordinarily close conjunction with Mars.

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Mercury Meets Mars

Mercury and Mars, the two smallest planets, appear spectacularly close to each other shortly after sunset on Thursday and Friday, February 7th and 8th.

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The Evening Zodiacal Light in 2013

The zodiacal light shows very well from dark locations at mid-northern latitudes starting about 80 minutes after sunset on moonless evenings from late January to early April.

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Jupiter Dances with the Moon

On the night of Monday, January 21, 2013. Jupiter, the second-brightest planet, appears less than a finger-width from the Moon as seen from North America. And in much of South America, the Moon passes in front of Jupiter, hiding it from view.

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A Saturn Almanac

Spectacular Saturn is a perennial favorite of telescope users everywhere. Click here to find printable data on the positions of Saturn's rings and planets.

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Follow the Morning Moon

The Moon is the great highlight of the early morning sky this week, as it heads for a spectacular rendezvous with Venus at dawn on Thursday, January 10th.

Radiant of the Quadrantid meteors

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Catch the Quadrantids in Moonlight

Undeniably one of the year's best, the Quadrantid meteor shower peaks on the morning of Thursday, January 3rd. The best viewing opportunity comes between 1 a.m. and dawn, but you'll have competition from a waning gibbous Moon.

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See Ceres at Its Best for 2012

Ceres, the biggest asteroid and brightest dwarf planet,shines at magnitude 6.9 or brighter from December 12-25.

Uranus in September 2012

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Uranus's Rare Close Encounter

The planet Uranus is spectacularly close to an almost identically bright star throughout late September.

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How to See Near-Earth Asteroid 2012 QG42

A fair-sized chunk of rock will pass unusually close to Earth this week. If you don’t have a telescope, dark skies, or a clear night, watch its close approach broadcast live from the Virtual Telescope Project.

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Auroras Likely July 14-15

Strong auroras are likely this weekend at high latitudes and possible at middle latitudes.

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NEAF 2012 Videos Are Here!

Check out our videos from the 21st annual Northeast Astronomy Forum, one of the world's largest telescope shows.

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Come to NEAF April 28-29

Make plans to attend the largest annual astronomy trade show in America: the Northeast Astronomy Forum & Telescope Show.

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The Moon Visits Jupiter and Venus

The crescent Moon visits Jupiter on the evening of Sunday, March 25th, and it visits Venus on Monday night.

Jupiter Meets Venus

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Jupiter Meets Venus

Jupiter and Venus have just crossed paths in the sky. From The two planets are within 5° of each other from March 9th to 17th, fitting in a single field of view through most binoculars.

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Don't Miss the Brightest Objects in the Night Sky

The night's six or seven brightest objects are all visible simultaneously in late February and early March.