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Looking southeast an hour before sunrise

This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | January 4th, 2008

Mars is getting higher in the east these evenings even as it shrinks into the distance. Mercury is just emerging from the glow of sunset, and Venus shines at dawn.

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Sky at a Glance | January 18th, 2008

Mercury is putting on a fine evening appearance, Mars is still close enough to show detail in a telescope, and Comet Holmes is crossing Algol in the moonlight. Meanwhile, early risers can watch Jupiter closing in on Venus at dawn.

Looking east-northeast at dusk

This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | December 28th, 2007

Mars outshines everything else high in the east these evenings, stealing the limelight from the bright winter constellations around it. Meanwhile, Comet Holmes just keeps growing — and Comet Tuttle is nearest and brightest this week.

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Sky at a Glance | December 14th, 2007

This week Mars is at its closest to Earth; get out the telescope! And Comet Holmes just keeps growing, though it's dimmed by the increasing moonlight.

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Sky at a Glance | November 30th, 2007

Comet Holmes, dimming but growing ever larger, is one again easy to spot in a moonless evening sky. The Moon itself has gone off to consort with Regulus, Saturn, Venus, and Spica in the dawn.

Sizes of Comet Holmes and Moon compared

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Sky at a Glance | November 30th, 2007

Comet Holmes just keeps growing, as shown in this comparison with the size of the Moon. But Mars is now the real "star" of the night. It's about as big and close as it will get this year. And don't miss this week's Geminid meteors!

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Sky at a Glance | November 21st, 2007

Comet Holmes, fading as it enlarges, is moving away from the star Mirfak this week. And the bright Moon passes among bright stars and a planet.

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Sky at a Glance | November 16th, 2007

Comet Holmes is passing very close by Mirfak this week — and fading as it enlarges. Mars and Orion rise together, Vega and Capella balance out, and Venus guides the way to Mercury at dawn.

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Sky at a Glance | November 9th, 2007

Comet Holmes remains big, bright, and puffy high in the evening sky — but moonlight will soon be back. Before dawn, dazzling Venus marks the route to other sky sights in the east.

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Sky at a Glance | November 2nd, 2007

Comet Holmes has turned big and puffy — and the Moon is now gone from the evening, leaving a dark sky behind. Early risers will find that the Moon is off pairing up with Regulus, Saturn, Venus, and Mercury in the dawn.

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Sky at a Glance | October 26th, 2007

Glance up at Perseus during evening, and they's all you may need to do to spot Comet Holmes in outburst, tiny but bright enough to change the constellation's familiar pattern. Late in the evening, Mars rises to blaze in the east.

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Sky at a Glance | October 19th, 2007

Saturn and Regulus climb above Venus at dawn, the Orionid meteor shower is active before dawn, and little Comet LONEOS puts in a shy appearance right after dusk.

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Sky at a Glance | October 12th, 2007

The waxing crescent Moon enters the evening twilight this week, growing thicker and higher each day. Watch it passing Antares and bright Jupiter. At dawn this week, brilliant Venus meets up with Saturn.

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Sky at a Glance | October 5th, 2007

Jupiter is bidding a sad farewell in the southwest at dusk. . . but big planetary action is happening at dawn, with bright Venus taking Saturn and the star Regulus under its wing. And on Sunday morning the 7th, the crescent Moon joins the party too.

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Sky at a Glance | September 28th, 2007

Mars is brightening week by week now, as Earth swings closer to it in orbit. Meanwhile, bright Jupiter is departing in the southwest after dusk, and Mercury glimmers low in the sunset.

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Sky at a Glance | September 14th, 2007

The waxing Moon passes bright Jupiter in the evening sky this week, while Mercury closes in on Spica low in the sunset. Venus blazes at dawn — lighting the way to Saturn and Regulus low in the sunrise.

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Sky at a Glance | September 7th, 2007

Mars, brightening week by week, continues to dominate the eastern sky during the early-morning hours. Meanwhile Jupiter is sinking lower in the southwest during evening, and Venus (shown here) is climbing higher to shine as the "Morning Star" low in the dawn.

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Sky at a Glance | August 31st, 2007

Mars, brightening week by week, continues to dominate the eastern sky during the early-morning hours. Meanwhile Jupiter is sinking lower in the southwest during evening, and Venus is now leaping up to shine as the "Morning Star" low in the dawn.

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Sky at a Glance | August 10th, 2007

The Perseid meteor shower should peak late on the night of Sunday the 12th, but you're likely to see occasional Perseids all week if you watch the stars. Meanwhile, Jupiter shines in the south at dusk, and Mars rises after midnight.

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Sky at a Glance | July 27th, 2007

Big Jupiter shines in early evening, little Mars shines in the small hours of the morning — and elusive Mercury is now displaying itself nicely low in the dawn.

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