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This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 27 – April 4

Venus and the waxing crescent Moon shine in the west during and after twilight. As night deepens, you'll find the Pleiades a little above Venus.

Comet ATLAS (C/2019 Y4)

Celestial News & Events

Comet ATLAS: Will it Become a Naked-Eye Object?

Is our bright comet drought drawing to a close? Comet ATLAS (C/2019 Y4) might become a naked-eye object some time this spring. Read on to find out when and where to look for it.

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 20 – 28

Venus is the big, bright "Evening Star" high in the west at dusk. Jupiter, Mars and Saturn are low in the southeast in early dawn.

Canis Major

Night Sky Sights

A Bino Tour of the Big Dog

For observers looking for a quick outing with binoculars, Canis Major offers a set of lovely attractions that includes a trio of open clusters.

In early dawn, watch the waning Moon step toward and then past Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn -- March 16-20, 2020..

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 13 – 21

Venus continues to shine high in the west at nightfall for many weeks on end. But as the season advances, its starry background slides toward the lower right behind it. For instance not long ago the Pleiades were very high above it, but as of this evening they're 20° apart.

Deep Sky

Deep-sky Observing the Easy Way

Cold weather keeping you inside at night? Limit your time outdoors and make the most of your telescope time with these easy-to-find deep-sky gems.

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 6 – 14

This week, see Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn lined up diagonally low in the southeast as dawn begins.

Sunset from Camp Wesumkee

People, Places, and Events

Winter Stargazing in the Florida Keys

Every February, amateur astronomers flock to the Florida Keys to a dark-sky site for a week of stargazing at the Winter Star Party.

Gibbous Moon

Moon

Diving Into the Moon's Bay of Rainbows

This curious lunar feature — visible the nights of March 4th and April 2nd — is a delight in small scopes or even binoculars.

Mini-moon discovered

Explore the Night with Bob King

Earth Has A Mini-Moon — But Not for Long!

Two astronomers discovered a temporary mini-moon captured by Earth — but it's about to win its freedom.

Celestial News & Events

March 2020: A Planet Trio and More!

During March, the cosmos offers a lot to see both before sunrise and after sunset. To get a guided tour of the month's highlights, play or download this month's Sky Tour episode.

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This Week’s Sky at a Glance, February 28 – March 7

Venus shines near the Moon and Betelgeuse is brightening again — find other night sky sights in this week's roundup.

Pleiades

Night Sky Sights

Meet the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters

The Pleiades are actually a star cluster of thousands of stars enshrouded in dust and gas, and they're easy to find if you know where to look.

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This Week’s Sky at a Glance, February 21 – 29

Venus is the big bright "Evening Star" shining in the west during and after dusk. To its right or lower right as the stars come out is the Great Square of Pegasus, sinking down on one corner.

M35 in Gemini

Celestial Objects to Observe

Explore the Winter Hexagon Tonight

This expansive region is home to plenty of bright stars and deep-sky wonders.

Betelgeuse telescopic view

Stellar Science

Is Betelgeuse Approaching a Crossroads?

Astronomers all over are waiting with bated breath to see what Betelgeuse will do next. Is it going to start brightening again on February 21st? Or will it continue to surprise?

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This Week’s Sky at a Glance, February 14 – 22

By 8 or 9 p.m. the Big Dipper stands on its handle in the northeast. In the northwest, Cassiopeia stands on end at about the same height.

Mars at the moon's edge

Celestial News & Events

Watch the Moon Occult Mars Before Sunrise on February 18th

Occultations of stars by the Moon occur routinely, but planetary lunar occultations are much rarer birds. That's why I hope you'll make the effort Tuesday morning February 18th to watch the waning crescent Moon occult the planet Mars.

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This Week’s Sky at a Glance, February 7 – 15

Venus is the bright "star" shining in the southwest during and after twilight. Fainter Mercury is far down to its lower left as twilight fades.

Night Sky Sights

Winter’s High Moon

A nearly full Moon offers plenty to see and ponder.

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