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Highlights of the Night Sky - August 2013

What to look for in the night sky during August 2013?! Your guide to constellations, deep-sky objects, planets and events. Evening Planets In the evening twilight, brilliant Venus makes a dazzling appearance over the western horizon. Catch it quickly before

August 02, 2013

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Comet C/2013 N4 Borisov - new comet discovered by amateur astronomer

Ukrainian amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov discovered a new comet near the bright star Capella in the constellation Auriga. The comet was discovered on July 8, 2013 during a "Southern Night" star party in Crimea, Ukraine. Confirmation of

July 19, 2013

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What's up for July 2013?

Saturn is well-placed for viewing this month, revealing its northern hemisphere and a ring tilt open to 17 degrees. And July is a great month to spot Saturn's third-largest moon Iapetus. On July 15 and 16 you'll be able to spot our moon near

July 05, 2013

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Summer Triangle dominates the night sky in Northern Hemisphere

During the summer sky watchers in the Northern Hemisphere can observe the famous "Summer Triangle" which form stars Vega, Altair an Deneb. Actually, the triangle can be seen from the mid-northern latitudes throughout the year, but it is especially

July 03, 2013

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July 2013 Night Sky - Planets and constellations guide

See when to see the planets, as well as constellations in the night sky and meteor showers, in July 2013 in this skywatching video guides. ​July Night Sky: See Planets & Constellations Morning Planets, Meteor Shower Grace  July 2013

June 29, 2013

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A rare total eclipse of Jupiter by the Sun on June 19, 2013

Planet Jupiter began the month of June 2013 being positioned very low in the west sky just after sunset. However soon it will disappear into the solar glare, as Jupiter is approaching the Sun for a solar conjunction on June 19, 2013. At that time Jupiter will

June 14, 2013

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Unusually good season of Noctilucent Clouds ahead

Every summer, above the North pole, icy crystals begin to cling to the smoky remains of the meteors, forming hypnotic electric-blue clouds known as noctilucent clouds (NLC`s). These clouds are especially of interest to high latitude skywatchers, and around the Arctic

June 10, 2013

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What's up for June 2013?

The month begins with a gorgeous trio of planets: Mercury, Venus and Jupiter, low on the west-northwest horizon. As the month progresses, Jupiter slips into the sunset while Mercury and Venus rise higher in the sky.  Asteroid 1998 QE2, which safely passed by

June 07, 2013

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Expected return of the Gamma Delphinid meteor shower on June 11, 2013

In early June 2013 we may witness the return of the gamma Delphinids, a rather elusive meteor shower. Three observers from American Meteor Society noticed a short-lived meteor outburst from unknown source on June 11, 1930. Only a few meteors from this shower

June 07, 2013

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Supermoon falls on May 24-25, 2013

The full moon of May, 2013 is the third full moon after the March equinox. The moon is only one day away from lunar perigee, when it reaches closest point to Earth. The May 24/25 moon stays almost opposite the sun during the whole night, so it will rise

May 24, 2013

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Triple conjunction in the sunset sky on May 26, 2013

The three brightest planets in this month's night sky are lining up for a remarkable sunset conjunction at the end of May.  On May 26, 2013, in a triple conjunction, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury will form a tight triangle only three degrees

May 23, 2013

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2013 Eta Aquarid meteor shower overview

This year’s annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaked on May 5/6 as our planet passed through a stream of debris from Halley’s Comet. International Meteor Organization (IMO) reported peak of 135 meteors per hour on May 6, 2013. Far more than initially...

May 07, 2013

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May 2013 Skywatching guide

May 2013 brings few interesting sky events. This years Eta Aquarid meteor shower will peak on May 6 with expected zenith hourly rate of 55 meteors per hour. We are about to experience annular solar eclipse on May 9/10. Annularity will be visible from

April 30, 2013

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What's up for April 2013

JPL released another video guide for skywatchers, introducing sky events in April 2013. Jupiter's moon Io crosses Jupiter's face on April 3, followed by its tiny black shadow. Comet PanSTARRS will pass 2° west (lower right) of the Andromeda Galaxy, M31 on April 4.

April 01, 2013

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What's Up for March 2013

The first of this year's two potential bright comets is visible for those who can see low on the western horizon and find out which spacecraft is on a 10-year mission to catch up with another comet.Credit: JPL

February 28, 2013

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Mercury seen at sunset

The planet Mercury is about to make its best apparition of the year for backyard sky watchers. Look west at sunset for a piercing pink planet surrounded by twilight blue.Source: NASA Science

February 11, 2013

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Sky watchers be ready for meteor shower from Halley's Comet on May 6th

Get up in the wee hours of the morning May 6th and head out into the country, far from the city lights so you can observe eta Aquarid meteor shower. The eta Aquarids are best viewed from the southern hemisphere, but there's something special about them no matter...

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