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Amid excitement over a total eclipse, stargazers also can look forward this week to some starry surprises and a minor meteor shower. As always, the skies offer plenty of sights worth staying up to see. Uranus Opposition. Uranus officially reaches opposition on Tuesday, October 7. That means the outer planet will be…
A Lion’s Heart and some starry graveyards come this way for skywatchers.
The moon glides through the mythical scorpion’s claw and appears at its largest in the heavens for 2014. Lunar Lineup. As darkness falls on Monday, August 4, the waxing gibbous moon, hanging in the low southwestern sky, is at the end of a cosmic lineup that includes Saturn, Mars, and Spica. Their distinct color differences—orange…
The moon cozies up to Saturn on Sunday and Monday, even covering the ringed planet for some observers.
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft team have numbered the plumes of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus.
Saturn, the true “Lord of the Rings,” dominates the evening sky this week, while the summer’s first meteor shower gets under way. Saturn at full stop. On Monday, July 21, the ringed world will appear at a standstill in the sky, relative to the background stars in the zodiacal constellation Libra, the Scales. Astronomers call this…
This Sunday marks the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Learn how you can spy two of the Apollo landing sites with a set of binoculars.
A Cat’s Eye stares back at skywatchers in this week’s star gazing showcase.
The Beast asteroid passed by high overhead last week, and now NASA has the pictures to prove it.