Skywatching

Featured Article: This Month's Night Sky
See Taurus the Bull Chased by 'Bees' in the Winter Sky
The Pleiades, Seven Sisters - Johnson
February 27th, 2015
Why is Taurus the Bull so mad? He's being chased by bees! The Pleiades, that is. Look for Taurus, the Pleiades and many other celestial sights in the Northern Hemisphere during the winter months.
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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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March Skywatching: Spot the Celestial Ship Argo
This chart shows the constellation Vela (The Sails); most of the stars that can be seen in a dark sky with the unaided eye are marked.
March 2nd, 2015
As the calendar shifts into March, skywatchers' ship will really come in. The ship in question is the constellation Argo Navis, which can be seen at around 10 or 11 p.m. local time throughout March, low in the night sky near the southern horizon.
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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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Amazing Photo of Green Comet Lovejoy Captured by Dark Energy Camera
The 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera in Chile captured this photo of Comet Lovejoy on Dec. 27, 2014.
March 2nd, 2015
The 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera in Chile snapped a spectacular photo of Comet Lovejoy, formally known as C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), on Dec. 27, 2014, while scanning the southern sky as part of the Dark Energy Survey.
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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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