Skywatching

Featured Article: This Month's Night Sky
How to See Venus, Saturn, Jupiter & Mercury in July's Night Sky
Saturn in July 2015
July 1st, 2015
July offers opportunities to see Venus, Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury overhead. Here's how, and when, to spot them.
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Best Telescopes for Kids 2015 - Preschool and Up
July 2nd, 2015
Looking at the night sky can be an inspiring moment for kids, and the right telescope can drive an interest in astronomy for a lifetime.
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Venus and Jupiter Put on a Celestial Show This Month
Venus and Jupiter in July 1 Night Sky
July 1st, 2015
If you've been watching the western sky just after sunset lately, you will have noticed two bright objects, gradually drawing closer. These are the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, and they're putting on a show this month.
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See Venus and Jupiter Dance Together Tonight
Jupiter and Venus Over West Chester, Pennsylvania.
June 30th, 2015
The two brightest planets in our sky — Venus and Jupiter — have been getting progressively closer to each other throughout June. Tonight (June 30), they will be a scant 20 arc minutes (0.33 degrees) apart.
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Northern Lights Shimmer in Gorgeous 5-Hour Time-Lapse (Video)
Auroras over Maine
June 27th, 2015
For five hours, the sun's radiation created a stunning display over the dark skies of Maine.
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How to Find Pluto in the Night Sky: July 1
Pluto Sky Map July 1, 2015
July 1st, 2015
In anticipation of the New Horizons flyby of Pluto on July 14, this sky chart can help you find Pluto in the night sky (with the assistance of a high-power telescope).
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'Fireball' Over US Southeast Was Probably Falling Space Junk (Video)
Space Junk Re-entry 'Meteor' on June 29, 2015
June 30th, 2015
The mysterious, multicolored sky light blazed up at 1:29 a.m. EDT Monday and was witnessed by skywatchers from Alabama to North Carolina — and by six NASA meteor-observing cameras. But this was no meteor.
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Elusive Saturn is Easy to Spot Tonight
Saturn with Rings
June 28th, 2015
If you've ever struggled to identify Saturn in the night sky, be sure to look toward the horizon just after sunset tonight (June 28) see this often hard-to-spot planet.
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