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Celestial Objects to Observe

Asteroid Occultations in March 2002

North American observers can see two 10th-magnitude stars occulted by asteroids this March. Here's where to look.

Celestial Objects to Observe

Planetary Occultation Highlights for 2002

Five dozen of these spellbinding events, impossible to predict well until recently, are listed for observers worldwide.

Occultations

A Saturn-Moon Spectacle

There will be other occultations of Saturn this year — but none with February's prime-time appeal for North American observers.

Juno's irrgular shape

Celestial Objects to Observe

Juno Goes It Alone

Glimpsing Juno during the first half of 2002 will be a challenge.

Crescent Moon from video image

Celestial Objects to Observe

Close-Up of an Alien World

The lunar surface consists of more than just craters and mare. Here's a guide to some of the other lunar features.

Path of Vesta in early 2002.

Celestial Objects to Observe

Vesta Tours the Hyades

This spring, track the third-largest body in the asteroid belt as it passes by the Hyades.

Occultations

Lunar Occultation Highlights for 2002

Some stars that the Moon covers are so bright, you don’t even need a telescope. Here are some occultation highlights for 2002.

Space Satellites

Have You Been Flashed By Iridium?

The Iridium satellites' antenna arrays are almost perfect mirrors. And when they catch the Sun just right — wow!

Planets

Martian Flare Watch

Sharp-eyed amateurs have an opportunity to observe a rare phenomenon on another planet and help solve a long-standing puzzle.

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