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Moon Covers Venus on Wednesday

A special event occurs on March 5th — in broad daylight. If you're in the central or western US, you can use a wide-field scope to try to see Venus disappearing behind the thin waning Moon.

People, Places, and Events

S&T's Star-count Challenge!

How bad is the light pollution where you live? How many stars can you see on a dark night? Last year the GLOBE at Night project tallied 8,500 star-counting estimates from around the world. That's great — but we can do better! All it'll take is 30 minutes and a clear evening between now and March 8th.

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February's Lunar Eclipse: Ideal Indeed!

Your images from Wednesday night's total eclipse of the Moon are pouring in.

Solar eclipse from New Zealand

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Extreme Eclipse-Chasing

To enjoy the annular eclipse of the Sun on February 7, 2008, you either had to be an Antarctic penguin or a very dedicated and well-prepared traveler.

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

February's Audio Guide to the Heavens

After downloading this easy-to-follow sky tour, you'll have a front-row seat for Venus and Jupiter dancing in the dawn, Mars riding high among winter's evening stars, and a total lunar eclipse on February 20th.

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Jupiter Stalks Venus in the Morning Sky

The sky's two brightest objects (aside from the Sun and Moon) are rapidly approaching each other in the pre-dawn sky.

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A Speedy Asteroid — Captured!

It was faint, and it zipped across the sky at 3° per hour— but 2007 TU24 could be spotted with a good scope if you knew where and when to look.

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Here Comes Asteroid 2007 TU24

An 800-foot-wide chunk of rock will pass less than a half million miles from Earth on the night of January 28th.

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Catch the Quadrantids

The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks on the morning of Friday, January 4th, with the best viewing opportunity between 1 a.m. and dawn.

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January's Splash of Meteors

The annual Quadrantid meteor shower is one of the year's best — but to catch them you'll need to brave the cold on the night of January 3–4.

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Watch Winter Arrive

Finally, a live webcast of the solstice sunrise.

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The Other Bright Comet of 2007-08

Comet 8P/Tuttle is now near its peak. Although nowhere near Comet Holmes in total brightness, its light is concentrated in a much smaller area, making it considerably more prominent when viewed from typical suburban locations.

Stargazing with Tony Flanders

A Night in the Life of an S&T Editor

It's tricky deciding when to post an observing story on the Web.

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The Geminids Are Coming

The best time to view the 2007 Geminid meteor shower from North America is the night of December 13–14, with good prospects the following night as well. In Asia, December 14–15 should be better, and in Europe, it’s a tossup between the two.

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Observe Mars Tonight!

Mars now appears bigger through a telescope than it will again until 2016.

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

December's Audio Guide to the Heavens

You'll have an easy time spotting Orion leaping up into the sky — with dazzling Mars at his side — if you download this podcast to your MP3 player and head outdoors after dark.

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A Revival of Comet Holmes

It's still there! With the Moon now gone from the early-eyening sky, Comet Holmes is the easiest-to-spot "deep sky object" after the Pleiades.

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Mars Is Here!

The Red Planet is now nearly as bright — and appears nearly as big through a telescope — as it will any time this year.

Stargazing with Tony Flanders

The Amazing Comet Holmes

It may be dimming, but Comet Holmes is still unbelievably big and bright.

Nova Puppis 2007

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Nova in Puppis

On Nov. 14, 2007, a star in the constellation Puppis suddenly became visible in binoculars.

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