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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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