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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.

Radiant of the Perseid meteor shower

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Perseid Meteors in Their Prime

The Perseid meteors should put on the peak of their yearly display late this Saturday night and early Sunday morning (August 11-12, 2012).

Mars, Saturn, and Spica in August

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How to Spot Mars on the Eve of Curiosity's Arrival

NASA's Curiosity lander will finally land on Mars on August 6th. But how many people know that you can go out after sunset and spot Mars for yourself with your unaided eyes?

Partial and annular solar eclipse

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Your Complete Go-To Guide for June's Transit of Venus

On June 5th in North and Central America, and June 6th in Asia, Australia, and most of Europe, the planet Venus will cross in front of the Sun.

Transit of Venus

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Press Release Images for the June 5-6 Transit of Venus

An assortment of photographs and illustrations for the upcoming transit of Venus across the face of the Sun.

Partial and annular solar eclipse

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Partial — and Annular — Eclipse of the Sun
to Sweep North America Sunday, May 20th

People with clear skies across most of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will experience a partial eclipse of the Sun late Sunday afternoon.

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Venus and Jupiter Dance at Dusk

Venus and Jupiter, have been an eye-catching duo in the western sky after sunset. Week by week they've been gradually sliding closer together, and their celestial performance is about to culminate.

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What to See With Your New Telescope:
Expert Tips from Sky & Telescope Magazine

December 29, 2011 Contact: Alan M. MacRobert, Senior Editor 855-638-5388 x2151, [email protected]   Note to Editors/Producers: This release is accompanied by publication-quality graphics; see details at end. As the gift-giving season comes to an end, maybe now you've got a shiny new telescope to call your own. Congratulations — you're…

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Quadrantid Meteors Set to Perform on January 4th

December 30, 2011 Contact: Alan M. MacRobert, Senior Editor 855-638-5388 x2151, [email protected]   Note to Editors/Producers: This release is accompanied by publication-quality graphics; see details at end. Celestially speaking, 2012 opens with a bang. The Quadrantid meteor shower, one of the best displays of "shooting stars" all year, will peak…

2004 lunar eclipse

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Watch the Dawn Eclipse of the Moon, Dec. 10, 2011

Early risers in western North America can watch the full Moon go through a total eclipse before or during dawn this Saturday morning, December 10, 2011.

Path of asteroid 2005 YU55

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Watch Mini-Asteroid 2005 YU55 Buzz Earth

Contacts: Alan MacRobert, Senior Editor 855-638-5388 x2151, [email protected] J. Kelly Beatty, Senior Contributing Editor 617-416-9991, [email protected]   Note to Editors/Producers: This release is accompanied by high-quality illustrations; see end of release. This animation shows the trajectory of asteroid 2005 YU55 as it cruises past Earth on the night of November…

four planets at dawn May 2011

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Four Planets Dance Before Dawn

Over the next two weeks, Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter gather dramatically low in the eastern twilight before sunrise.

SkyWeek app

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Sky & Telescope Kicks Off 70th Anniversary with Free App

Contacts: Robert Naeye, Editor in Chief 855-638-5388 x2144, [email protected] Sky & Telescope magazine is releasing a new application for all Android mobile devices, S&T SkyWeek, and the publisher is making the app available to all users for free. "We thought it would be the perfect way to celebrate Sky &…

Twilight view, looking low.

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Jupiter and Mercury Pair Up in Twilight March 13–16

Two bright planets form an eye-catching pair low in twilight Sunday through Wednesday, March 13 – 16, 2011.

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Sky & Telescope Editor Emeritus Leif J. Robinson Passes Away at 71

Leif J. Robinson, Sky & Telescope magazine's editor in chief from 1980 to 2000, died Sunday at his home in Costa Rica.

Jupiter and the Moon in January 2011

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First Lights: Easy Targets for Your New Telescope

January 7, 2011 Contacts: Alan M. MacRobert, Senior Editor 855-638-5388 x2151, [email protected] Tony Flanders, Associate Editor 855-638-5388 x2173, [email protected]   Note to Editors/Producers: This release is accompanied by publication-quality graphics; see details at end. Every holiday season, hundreds of thousands of shiny new telescopes are given to good girls and…

Pinole projection

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Eastern Hemisphere Gets Solar Eclipse on January 4th

December 30, 2010 Contacts: Alan M. MacRobert, Senior Editor 855-638-5388 x2151, [email protected] J. Kelly Beatty, Senior Contributing Editor 617-416-9991, [email protected]   Note to Editors/Producers: This release is accompanied by publication-quality graphics; see details at end. In the afterglow of fireworks celebrating the New Year, on January 4th millions of people…

2004 lunar eclipse

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Watch the Sky-High Lunar Eclipse Late Monday Night (Dec. 20-21, 2010)

All North America will have a grand view (clouds permitting) when the Moon slides through Earth's shadow on the night of December 20-21, 2010.

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Geminid Meteor Shower Due December 13-14

If it’s clear late Monday night, December 13th, 2010, keep a lookout high overhead for the shooting stars of the Geminid meteor shower.

Jupiter among evening stars

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Jupiter shines extra bright
as it passes closest by Earth

An extra-bright light in the night sky is catching attention whenver people look up.