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Night sky guide for February 2014

According to AMS, February offers the meteor observer in the northern hemisphere a couple of weak showers plus falling sporadic rates. February is also the start of the fireball season, when an abundance of fireballs seem to occur. This lasts well into April

February 01, 2014

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Night sky guide for January 2014

January 1 - New Moon - 11:14 UTC. The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will be completely unilluminated. January 2, 3 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower peak nights. The Quadrantids have the potential to be

January 01, 2014

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Geminid meteor shower underway

NASA's network of all-sky meteor cameras reported 23 Geminid fireballs over the United States today. This sharp uptick in activity signals the official beginning of the 2013 Geminid meteor shower. For the next 3 to 4 days, Earth will continue to pass

December 12, 2013

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Newly discovered Comet Lovejoy visible by naked eye in northern hemisphere - images

The past few weeks have been an unusually active time for comet watchers as four comets were visible simultaneously with binoculars: ISON, Lovejoy, Encke, and LINEAR. Although less known than ISON, newly discovered

December 08, 2013

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Night sky guide for December 2013

December 3 - New Moon - From about 00:22 UTC the Moon will not be visible from Earth as it will be directly between the Earth and the Sun. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because

December 01, 2013

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Night sky guide for November 2013

November 3, Hybrid Solar Eclipse. Annular total solar eclipse will sweep over the Atlantic Ocean and the middle of Africa on November 3, 2013. The eclipse will be total only along a narrow path over the Atlantic Ocean and equatorial Africa from

November 01, 2013

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Night sky guide for October 2013

On October 1, Comet ISON is making closest approach to Mars. Mars missions will have a close up look at the comet. On October 3 - Uranus is at opposition. The blue-green planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully

October 01, 2013

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What's up for September 2013

A lunar night launch, Comet ISON is spotted again, and the moon meets up with Saturn, Venus, Mars and Jupiter. Source:

September 01, 2013

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More fireballs than in any other meteor shower - Perseid meteor shower peaks August 12/13, 2013

The peak of this year's Perseid meteor shower, the biggest annual meteor shower event, will be on a "Moon free" night of August 12 - 13. The source of this meteor shower is stream of debris from Comet

August 06, 2013

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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