Moon and Jupiter Rendezvous This Weekend: How to See Them
Jupiter and the Galilean Moons, April 2015
April 24th, 2015
About 45 minutes after the sun sets on Saturday and Sunday, Jupiter and the moon will be visible in the southwest sky, roughly two-thirds of the way up from the horizon to the point directly overhead (called the zenith).
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Planet Mercury Shines Near Mars Tonight: When and Where to Look
Mars and Mercury, April 22, 2015
April 22nd, 2015
There are two interesting but challenging events in the night sky this week: a close conjunction of the two smallest planets, and a chance to observe at least one asteroid close to the moon.
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Look Up! Celebrate International Dark-Sky Week This Weekend
The Milky Way by Mike Taylor
April 18th, 2015
A Maine photographer is joining forces with dark-sky advocates to say that people must be careful about where they direct their lights.
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Lyrid Meteor Shower's Peak Captured in Stunning Photos
2015 Lyrid Meteors Seen Outside of Tucson, Arizona
April 23rd, 2015
Photographers around the world captured gorgeous shots of this year's Lyrid meteor shower, which peaked Wednesday night (April 22).
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Virgo Rises: Spot Second-Largest Constellation This Week
59 Virginis in the Constellation of Virgo
April 17th, 2015
Right now is a good time to look for Virgo, since the bright moon is not lighting up the evening sky. (Virgo may be very large, but most of her stars are rather dim.)
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SpaceX's Dragon Space Capsule Now Visible in Night Sky: How to See It
At left: SpaceX's Dragon space capsule soars over Earth in a camera view from its Falcon 9 rocket upper stage after a smooth launch on April 14, 2015. Right: A camera on Dragon shows its solar arrays unfold.
April 14th, 2015
Skywatchers across parts of the United States and southern Canada have a chance to see a Dragon capsule built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX 'chase' the International Space Station across the sky this week ahead of a Friday morning rendezvous.
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Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight: How to See It
Lyrid Meteor Over Texas, April 2014
April 22nd, 2015
The Lyrid meteor shower peaks overnight tonight (April 22). The Slooh Community Observatory is airing a free Lyrids webcast at 8 p.m. EDT tonight (0000 GMT on April 23), and you can watch it live here on
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Brilliant Venus and Moon Shine Together Tonight: How to See It
Venus and the Crescent Moon, April 2015
April 21st, 2015
This evening will be another one of those special occasions when the two brightest objects in the night sky — the moon and a Venus — will get together and, weather permitting, will attract a lot of attention.
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Spring Skywatching: Constellation Leo Comes in Like a Lion
Leo and Jupiter in April 2015
April 17th, 2015
One of the surest signs of spring for stargazers is seeing the constellation Leo high in the evening sky. Here's how to spot Leo, and what to look for within it.
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