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Featured Article: This Month's Night Sky
Moon Glows with Earthshine Over Italian Citadel (Photos)
Moon Rises Over Citadel by Giuseppe Petricca
April 24th, 2014
Night sky photographer Giuseppe Petricca of Pisa, Italy, took these gorgeous images on March 3 of the crescent moon illuminated with earthshine over an Italian citadel. See how he did it.
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Moon and Mercury Shine Together in Amateur Photo
Four Percent Illuminated Moon Conjunction with Mercury
April 23rd, 2014
Skywatcher Victor Rogus of Jadwin, Missouri captured this wonderful image of 4 percent illuminated moon in conjunction with planet Mercury on Feb. 27, 2014. See how he did it.
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'Losing the Dark': Video Illuminates Threat of Light Pollution
'Losing the Dark' Poster
April 22nd, 2014
Light pollution doesn't just make it more difficult for professional and backyard astronomers to observe the heavens, according to a film called "Losing the Dark." It also disrupts wildlife, wastes resources and adversely impacts human health.
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Venus and the Moon Shine Together at Dawn This Week: Where to Look
Venus and the moon will shine bright in the southeastern morning sky before sunrise on April 25 and 26 in 2014. This sky map shows the location of Venus and the moon (as well as Neptune) in the morning sky on April 25 as seen from mid-northern latitudes.
April 24th, 2014
If your skies are clear before dawn on Friday and Saturday (April 25 and 26), check out the sky low to the east-southeast horizon about 60 to 90 minutes before sunrise for a view of the two brightest objects in the nighttime sky: the moon and Venus.
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Amateur Astronomers Capture Magnificent Mix of Celestial Delights in Amazing Photo
Cone Nebula, Christmas Tree Star Cluster and Fox Fur Nebula by Fields and Hancock
April 23rd, 2014
Two Michigan-based photographers, Terry Hancock of Fremont and Robert Fields of Howell Township, captured this brilliant image of three nebulas and a star cluster on April 11. See how they did it.
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WEBCAST REPLAYS: Lyrid Meteor Shower Webcasts from NASA, Slooh
Lightning and Lyrid Meteor as Seen from ISS
April 21st, 2014
NASA and the online Slooh community telescope will host separate webcasts featuring the Lyrid meteor shower tonight (April 21) and into the wee hours of Tuesday (April 22) morning. Here's how to watch live.
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SpaceX's Dragon 'Chases' the Space Station: See It This Weekend
SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket 2nd Stage Engine Burning
April 18th, 2014
Skywatchers across parts of the United States and southern Canada will get an opportunity to watch as the private spaceflight company SpaceX's Dragon capsule "chases" the International Space Station across the sky.
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Solar Eclipse Will Transform Sun into 'Ring of Fire' Next Week
Our Solar System: Ring of Fire Sequence
April 23rd, 2014
The sun will look like a ring of fire above some remote parts of the world next Tuesday (April 29) during a solar eclipse, but most people around the world won't get a chance to see it.
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Déjà Vu: Bright Fireball Explodes Over Russia (Video)
Suspected Meteorite Explosion Over Murmansk
April 21st, 2014
A super-bright meteor exploded over the northern Russian city of Murmansk early Saturday morning (April 19), a little more than a year after another airburst lit up the skies above Chelyabinsk, about 1,300 miles to the southeast.
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