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Quadrantids: An above average meteor shower reaches peak of activity

The Quadrantid meteor shower will reach its peak activity, with about 80 meteors per hour (ZHR), on the night of January 3 and the early morning hours of January 4, 2015. A waning crescent moon will not interfere much with meteors and any of its fireballs. This...

January 03, 2016

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Night sky guide for January 2016

We start the year with our planet reaching perihelion - closest point to the Sun - which will happen at 22:49 UTC on January 2. At the time, Earth will be 146.6 million km (91 million miles) from the Sun. The first meteor shower of the year - Quadrantids - will...

January 01, 2016

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Geminid meteor shower - king of meteor showers peaks this weekend

One of the most popular meteor showers in the night sky and the most impressive meteor shower of the year - Geminid meteor shower - is set to peak between the nighttime on December 13 and the early morning December 14, 2015, producing up to 120 meteors per hour in...

December 13, 2015

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Night sky guide for December 2015

December 2015 will feature three meteor showers: the Geminids, the Puppid-Velids and the Ursids. The Geminid meteor shower is popularly known as the "king of meteor showers". This year, it is expected to produce up to 120 meteors per hour at its peak,...

December 01, 2015

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Annual Leonid meteor shower peaks this week

As we approach the end of the year, it is time to welcome the annual Leonid meteor shower. This shower is associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle and is considered to be one of the most beautiful meteor showers in existence. This year, the Leonid meteor shower is...

November 16, 2015

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Large fireball lights up Thailand sky

A large fireball was observed over Thailand at 13:56 UTC (20:56 local time) on November 2, 2015 and caputred on numerous dashcams. The Thai Astronomical Society said shortly after the event that it was "expected" to be a meteor. Video credit RT (courtesy...

November 03, 2015

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Night sky guide for November 2015

Out of two meteor showers scheduled for November - Taurids and Leonids - only the second one should offer a good show, with about 15 meteors per hour on November 17/18. All but the brightest Taurids, expected to peak on the night of November 5, will be blocked out...

November 01, 2015

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2015 Orionid meteor shower peaks on October 21 - 22

Every October, stargazers all over the planet look forward to the annual Orionid meteor shower. The Orionids are popular because they are one of the two meteor showers created from the debris field of the extremely popular Halley's comet. The annual Eta Aquarids...

October 21, 2015

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Halloween 2015 for skywatchers: Newly discovered asteroid makes close approach to Earth

NASA's scientists discovered a new asteroid on October 10, 2015, using the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) mounted on Mount Haleakala, Hawai'i. Asteroid was named 2015 TB145, and is expected to make the closest approach to...

October 20, 2015

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Night sky guide for October 2015

Newly discovered comet C/2013 US10 Catalina may reach naked eye visibility on October 1, 2015; it will continue to brighten and could reach magnitude 5 by November 6. Draconid meteor shower is scheduled to peak on October 8 with only about 10 meteors per hour. The...

October 01, 2015

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Total lunar eclipse of September 28, 2015 - online broadcasts schedule

After more than 30 years a supermoon in combination with a lunar eclipse will be visible again across the skies of North and South America, Europe, Africa and parts of west Asia and the eastern Pacific. This rare celestial event is set for September 28 (UTC), 2015, and

September 24, 2015

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Partial solar eclipse on September 13, 2015

A partial solar eclipse, visible from southern Africa, Madagascar, Antarctica and some locations in Indian and Atlantic Oceans, will occur on September 13, 2015. The moment of greatest eclipse will occur at 06:54 UTC. This eclipse comes 1.2 days before the Moon reaches

September 12, 2015

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Night sky guide for September 2015

This month hosts two very interesting celestial events. First, a partial solar eclipse on September 13, visible only in southern Africa, Madagascar and Antartica. The second, total lunar eclipse on September 28 and the closest supermoon of 2015. This full Moon is also c

September 01, 2015

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Supermoon lunar eclipse on September 28, 2015 ends the current lunar tetrad - Blood Moon

A rare celestial event is scheduled for September 28, 2015 (UTC) - a total lunar eclipse and the closest supermoon of the year. This full Moon is also known as the Harvest Moon, and Blood Moon, because it ends the current lunar tetrad - series of 4 consecutive total ecl

August 31, 2015

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Perseid meteor shower: year's greatest meteor show peaks on August 12 and 13

The peak of this year's Perseid meteor shower is just around the corner, forecasted during the overnight hours of August 12 and 13 in the absence of any or much moonlight.Perseids originate in Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862 by Lewis Swift and

August 11, 2015

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Night sky guide for August 2015

Every year, sky watchers in northern hemisphere enjoy in one of the best meteor showers of the year - Perseids. This year, Perseids will peak on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13. This meteor shower is known for its very fast and bright meteors which l

August 01, 2015

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Night sky guide for July 2015

A spectacular conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will be visible on July 1 with the two planets appearing extremely close, only 0.3 degrees apart.Several weak meteor showers this month will set stage for Perseids, one of the most popular annual meteor showers expected to

July 01, 2015