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Total Lunar Eclipse Before Dawn October 8th

For the second time this year, North Americans will have an opportunity to see a total lunar eclipse. But you'll need to be a night owl or early riser: the full Moon passes through the dark inner part of Earth's shadow well after midnight.

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Venus and Jupiter: Superclose Conjunction Before Dawn on August 18th

If you rise before dawn on Monday, August 18th, you'll be rewarded with the sight of the closest planet pairing of the year — and not just any planets, but the two brightest ones: Venus and Jupiter.

Radiant of the Perseid meteor shower

alan macrobert

Perseid Meteors to Compete with Moonlight Late Tuesday Night

The Perseid meteor shower, an annual celestial event beloved by millions of skywatchers around the world, is returning to the night sky for 2014 But this year it will compete with bright moonlight for visibility.

alan macrobert

North America To Have Best View of Saturday Morning's Possible Meteor Shower

Skywatchers across North America are hoping for clear skies after midnight on Saturday morning, May 24th, when a new meteor shower could deliver hundreds of "shooting stars" per hour.

2004 lunar eclipse

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Watch a Late-night Eclipse of the Moon on April 14 & 15

Night-owls and early risers across North America can watch the full Moon go through a total eclipse in the early hours of Tuesday, April 15th.

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See the Brightest Mars in Six Years

This month the Red Planet appears brighter and bigger in the evening sky than it has since December 2007.

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Asteroid to Black Out a Bright Star

Bright Regulus will disappear behind a faint asteroid for several seconds very late next Wednesday night for skywatchers in the New York City region and points north.

Sky map of Geminid radiant

alan macrobert

Geminid Meteor Shower to Show Through the Moonlight Friday Night

The annual Geminid meteor shower, one of the best shooting-star displays each year, returns to our skies late this week.

Comet ISON (C/2012 S1)

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Comet ISON Brightening Fast as its Moment of Truth Nears

Comet ISON is brightening fast just days from its fateful hairpin swing on November 28th around the broiling surface of the Sun

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Comet ISON Diving Sunward as its Moment of Truth Nears

Tiny, greenish white, and harder to see every day, Comet ISON is descending toward the sunrise horizon and its November 28th perihelion.

November 3rd's partial solar eclipse at sunrise

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Eastern Seaboard To See a Dramatic Partial Solar Eclipse at Sunrise on Sunday

The Sun will rise on November 3rd with a big bite missing from its lower half for viewers from Florida to Labrador.

Crescent Moon and Venus on Sept. 8th

alan macrobert

Dramatic Pairing of Crescent Moon and Venus on September 8th

Soon after sunset on September 8th, look in that direction to see a dramatic sight: a pretty crescent Moon paired closely with dazzling Venus, the "Evening Star."

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Excellent Prospects for August's Perseid Meteors

The Perseid meteor shower, an annual celestial event beloved by millions of skywatchers around the world, returns to the night sky this week.

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Naked-eye Nova in Delphinus

Last Wednesday a white-dwarf star erupted in the constellation Delphinus, producing the brightest nova since 2007. It's currently shining at magnitude 4.9.

Comet ISON at 14th magnitude on August 12, 2013

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Comet ISON Spotted Again, but Faintly

Comet ISON has been imaged low in the dawn at only 14th magnitude. This suggests a modest showing late this year for the supposed "comet of the century."

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Watch Three Planets Dancing in Twilight

In late May 2013, Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury swirl through the tightest naked-eye planet trio the world will see until 2026. The show continues into June.

Comet PanSTARRS in March 2013

alan macrobert

Long Awaited, Comet PanSTARRS Now Glows in the Twilight

Here's how to spot Comet PanSTARRS low in the west after sunset when it's at its best, from about March 12th to 18th.

Jupiter-Moon pairing

alan macrobert

Jupiter Dances with the Moon (Press Release)

Jupiter joins the Moon for a spectacularly close pairing in the evening of January 21, 2013.

Geminid Meteor Shower 2012

alan macrobert

Geminid Meteor Shower Coming on December 13-14

If it’s clear late Thursday night, December 13th, 2012, keep a lookout high overhead for the shooting stars of the Geminid meteor shower.

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A "Blue Moon" Heralds the Harvest

On August 31st, a full Moon will rise for the second time this month (the first time was on August 1st). Many people call the second full Moon in a calendar month a "Blue Moon" — but it didn't start out that way.

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