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5 Sky Events This Week: A Cosmic Blooming Flower and a New Year’s Shower

As festivities kick off the New Year, sky-watchers will revel in nights filled with shooting stars, the king of planets shining like a beacon, and grand planetary spectacles blooming in the heavens. Great Orion Nebula. With the moon reaching a new phase for New Year’s Eve, December 31, the dark skies are perfect for hunting…

Photo: Orion’s Hidden Dusty Ribbon Revealed

  The Orion nebula  is one of the most favorite spots for stargazers to explore in the heavens, but this week astronomers are releasing a stunning new look to this giant stellar nursery 1300 light years from Earth. A fiery cosmic ribbon glows with orange colors as grains of cold interstellar dust light up like…

OMG Orion!

Happy almost Easter weekend! Here in D.C., spring weather is in full force, with sunny skies, warm temperatures, and cherry blossom petals drifting on the light breeze. I gotta to break away from the keyboard, but I leave you with an Easter egg-colored eye popper from the Spitzer Space Telescope: Click here for a Grade…

Neglected Orion Nebula: A Cosmic Bat?

Today the European Southern Observatory in Chile released a stunning new picture of NGC 1788, a ghostly little nebula in the Orion constellation. For backyard astronomers, the object can be spotted just a wee bit away from the bright stars in the Hunter’s belt. —Image courtesy ESO This “hidden gem” is what’s known as a…

Stargazing Lovers: Spot the Valentine’s Day Star

Bored by chocolates and jaded with roses? Give your sweetie the gift of the heavens for Valentine’s Day this year. I’m talking about the Valentine’s Day star, which graces the skies with its brilliant red glow each year in early February. —Image courtesy A. Dupree (CfA), R. Gilliland (STScI), NASA Now, this isn’t exactly a…