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Planets

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.

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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.

Flakey Red Spot

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Jupiter Is Outstanding at Opposition

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

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Venus Occults a Star and Mercury Joins Jupiter on the Winter Solstice

Bring in winter with a bang with a beautiful, close conjunction and a rare planet-star occultation.

Mars does do-si-do with Neptune

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Mars and Neptune Have a Close Shave

Want to find Neptune the easy way? Just point your binoculars or telescope at Mars the next few nights, when the two planets will be in close conjunction.

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Observing Earth from the Moon

Ever wondered what it would be like to see the Earth from the Moon? Join Bob King as he explores this from the perspective of the Apollo 17 astronauts.

Celestial Objects to Observe

The Outer Planets Move In, plus an "Old Moon" Observing Challenge

As the bright planets march westward, Uranus and Neptune become the fresh new faces of fall. And if you've never seen an ultra-thin lunar crescent, here's your chance.

Planets

A Jupiter Almanac

Find information on observing Jupiter during its 2018 - 2019 apparition, including information on its moons and Great Red Spot transit predictions.

Eight planets await

Planets

See All Eight Planets in One Night

Four planets are great, but how about eight? You can see them all in a single night in the next couple weeks — if you play your cards right.

Solar System

Observers Anxious for Dust to Settle as Mars Opposition Approaches

With opposition only weeks away, will the current global dust storm finally break? We look at the prospects.

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