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This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | October 17th, 2008

Venus climbs higher in twilight, and Antares creeps toward it. Saturn shines ever higher at dawn, and Mercury has begun its best morning apparition of the year.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | October 10th, 2008

Venus climbs higher in twilight, and Jupiter creeps toward it. Saturn shines ever higher at dawn, and Mercury now begins appearing far below it.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | October 3rd, 2008

Venus meets a double star in the sunset. Jupiter's shadow eclipses its moons several times. And before dawn, take a look at Saturn with its nearly edge-on rings!

This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | September 26th, 2008

Venus continues creeping up in the sunset, Jupiter is moving from south to southwest after dark, and Saturn now glows low in the dawn.

This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | September 19th, 2008

Venus is creeping slightly higher in the sunset, Jupiter is moving from south to southwest in the evening, and Saturn is emerging low in the dawn.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | September 12th, 2008

Venus, low in the sunset this week, has three faint companions hiding nearby: Mercury, Spica, and Mars. Use binoculars in bright twilight to follow their daily changes. After dark, Jupiter glares bright and obvious in the south to southwest.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | September 5th, 2008

Tiny little Mars passes brighter Venus low in the sunset this week. Bright Jupiter shines highest at dusk, offering occasional views of its Great Red Spot as it turns — and, for some observers, a double satellite shadow transit by its satellites.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | August 29th, 2008

Venus is emerging low in the sunset, and right near it, you can use binoculars to catch Mercury and Mars. After dark, kingly-bright Jupiter dominates the south.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | August 15th, 2008

Low in the sunset, Venus and Mercury pair up closely this week. Soon after dark, Jupiter shines at its highest in the south.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | August 1st, 2008

Mars, Saturn, and Venus glow in the west after sunset, with the thin crescent Moon passing them early this week. After nightfall, Jupiter shines high, bright, and obvious — crossing due south right when Vega crosses overhead.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | July 25th, 2008

Venus is barely emerging into view in the sunset, while Mars and Saturn look on from above. After dark, Jupiter shines high, bright, and obvious.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | July 18th, 2008

Mars, Saturn, and Regulus are getting ever lower in the western twilight — but on the other side of the sky, Jupiter is really coming into its own.

This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | July 11th, 2008

The Mars-Saturn-Regulus drama continues to play out ever lower in the western twilight. In the southeast sky, Jupiter is climbing into good telescopic view ever earlier in the night.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

Sky at a Glance | July 3rd, 2008

The Mars-Saturn-Regulus drama continues to play itself out in the western twilight. And Jupiter is climbing into good telescopic view ever earlier in the night.

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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.

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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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This Week's Sky At a Glance

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.