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This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | June 27th, 2008

Saturn and Mars pair up low in the west during twilight, with Regulus looking on. Watch their configurations change from day to day. Meanwhile, on the other side of the sky, Jupiter shines low in the southeast during twilight and climbs higher as the night grows late.

This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | June 20th, 2008

The threesome of Saturn, Regulus, and Mars pass through an equally spaced lineup this week as they perform their slow dance in the western sky at the dusk. On the other side of the sky, bright Jupiter rises before dusk has fully faded.

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Sky at a Glance | June 13th, 2008

Mars, Regulus, and Saturn are lining up in the western sky as they sink lower in the dusk. Jupiter now rises at the end of twilight, far outshining the Sagittarius Teapot to its right. And on Monday night, the Moon closely pairs up with Antares.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | June 6th, 2008

Mars shines in the west after dark, giving no hint of the Phoenix lander newly sitting on its northern plains as it closes in on Saturn and Regulus.

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Sky at a Glance | May 31st, 2008

Mars shines in the west after dark, giving no hint of the Phoenix lander newly sitting on its northern plains. In our sky, Mars is moving toward the eye-catching Saturn-and Regulus pair to its upper left.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | May 23rd, 2008

Mars, shining in the west after dark, is moving away from the Pollux-and-Castor pair toward the Saturn-and Regulus pair. And big Jupiter rises by midnight: an eerie UFO of a thing in the southeast.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | May 16th, 2008

To the unaided eye Mars shines alone in the western evening sky... but binoculars or a telescope reveal that it crosses the Beehive Star Cluster this week.

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Sky at a Glance | May 9th, 2008

The waxing Moon this week travels from the Castor-Pollux-Mars lineup in the west to the Saturn-and-Regulus pair in the southwest and then all the way over to sparkly Spica in the southeast.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | May 2nd, 2008

In the western evening sky, Mars, Pollux, and Castor form up into a straight line and then start curving again. Higher in the southwest, Saturn and Regulus are paired their closest. And on May 4th and 5th, you can try to catch rare opposing crescent moons.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | April 25th, 2008

The bright Mars-Pollux-Castor triangle, high in the west, is now flattening out to be more of a curved line than a triangle. Watch it change shape daily. High in the south, Saturn and Regulus are now paired their closest. And Jupiter shines before dawn.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | April 18th, 2008

The eyecatcher of the evening sky is the Saturn-Regulus pair high in the south. Or maybe you'd give that award to the Mars-Pollux-Castor triangle high in the west. And using both of these bright sights, do you know how to find the Head of Hydra?

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | April 11th, 2008

Saturn and Regulus form an ever closer pair high in the evening sky, while Gamma Leonis looks on from their north. The Moon joins the scene on Monday and Tuesday. Meanwhile, Jupiter glares off by its lonesome before dawn.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | April 4th, 2008

The Moon meets the Pleiades on Tuesday the 8th. Saturn shines with Regulus in an eye-catching pair all month. And when can you last see Venus low in the dawn?

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Sky at a Glance | March 28th, 2008

Have you compared the colors of Mars and Betelgeuse? They're one above the other just now. Meanwhile Saturn shines with Regulus in an eye-catching pair, and Jupiter and the waning Moon light the dawn. Also, don't miss out on this week's Space Station flyovers.

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Sky at a Glance | March 21st, 2008

The Big Dipper now dumps into the Little Dipper in the north after dark. Saturn and Regulus shine ever higher and closer together in the southeast to south. And with spring now here, trace out the starry constellation patterns of the pipe-smoking Herdsman and the grain-sowing Maiden.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | March 14th, 2008

The waxing Moon in the evening sky passes Mars and then the Saturn-Regulus pair this week. Meanwhile, Venus and Mercury are tightly paired very low in the dawn.

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Sky at a Glance | March 7th, 2008

The waxing crescent Moon marches up past the Pleiades and Hyades to reach first quarter toward the end of the week. Saturn closes in on Regulus. And Arcturus rises to signal the approach of spring.

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Sky at a Glance | February 29th, 2008

Saturn is in fine view just past opposition. This is the best time of year for seeing the zodiacal light. And Venus pairs up with Mercury low in the dawn.

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Sky at a Glance | February 22nd, 2008

Saturn is at opposition; see if you can observe the Seeliger effect on its rings. Algol-eclipse week comes around again for North America. This is the best time of year for seeing the zodiacal light. And Venus pairs up with Mercury low in the dawn. So get outdoors!

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Sky at a Glance | February 15th, 2008

When the Moon is in eclipse on the night of the 20th, take advantage of the dark sky to look for big, dim Comet Holmes! And with a telescope, look for the Seeliger effect on Saturn this week.

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