Skywatching

Featured Article: This Month's Night Sky
Catching a Fireball in the Cold
Sandy Point meteor, photography
February 26th, 2015
Sometimes, to catch fire you have to sit in the cold.
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Predawn Military Rocket Launches Visible from US East Coast Tuesday
Three suborbital rockets are scheduled to launch from the Wallops Flight Facility in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Feb. 24. The rockets may be visible from parts of the east coast. This map shows the visibility regions based on time after launch.
February 23rd, 2015
Three sub-orbital rockets may be visible from parts of the east coast as they head sky-ward in the wee hours of Tuesday (Feb. 24).
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WATCH LIVE @ 8 pm ET: Slooh Celebrates Chinese New Year with Lunar Webcast
September 2014 Supermoon in Zagreb, Croatia
February 19th, 2015
The online Slooh Community Observatory will host a live webcast featuring views of the moon in honor of the Chinese New Year. The live broacast will begin Thursday (Feb. 19) at 8 p.m. EST (1200 Feb. 20 GMT).
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Astronomy Guide: Tools, Tips and Equipment to Start Stargazing
Amateur-Astronomy-Club-Star-Party
February 23rd, 2015
A beginner's guide to amateur astronomy including basic tools as well as optional and aspirational equipment for more experienced stargazers.
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Moon, Venus, Mars Meet in Friday Night Sky: How to See It
Mars, Venus, and the Moon, February 2015 Sky Map
February 18th, 2015
Mars, Venus and the moon will meet up in a particularly beautiful cosmic display Friday. If you've been watching the evening twilight sky over the past few weeks, you will have seen the brilliant planet Venus gradually moving away from the sun, setting sl
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The Starry Jewels of the Orion Constellation Explained
Constellation Orion in February 2015
February 13th, 2015
The famed constellation of Orion is one of the most recognizable star patterns in the night sky, and poses a dazzling sight for observers this month, weather permitting. Simply look south around 8 p.m. your local time, and you will see this might hunter o
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Shining Light on the Phases of the Moon
The full moon rising on March 5, 2015 will be the "apogee" full moon, meaning that the lunar body is at its farthest distance from Earth for the year.
February 23rd, 2015
The first celestial object that attracts the attention of many people at a young age is the moon. The lunar surface appears to go through phases through the course of a month, but what causes the moon to shine differently from week to week?
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See the Demon Star Algol 'Wink' in the Night Sky
 Algol on Feb. 19, 2015
February 19th, 2015
The so-called 'demon star' of Algol is the most prominent eclipsing variable star in the night sky and if you know when and where to look, you can see the star appear to wink as it is eclipsed by another, dimmer star.
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Whoosh! Superbright Fireball Streaks Across Pennsylvania Sky (Video)
Very Bright Fireball Near Pittsburgh
February 18th, 2015
NASA cameras caught an intensely bright meteor streaking through the sky above Pittsburgh in the predawn hours on Tuesday (Feb. 17). The hunk of space rock was roughly 2 feet long and 500 lbs. before it burned up in the atmosphere..
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