Skywatching

Featured Article: This Month's Night Sky
Venus Displays Its Brilliant Morning Finery for the Fall
Venus in Fall 2015
August 28th, 2015
Venus has spent the summer in the western evening sky, but come fall, it will instead appear in the east before sunrise.
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Meet George Jetson! Milky Way Spans Skyway in Futuristic Photo
The Milky Way streaks by behind a tall, curving observation tower.
August 25th, 2015
The Milky Way forms a spectacular streak past the curving edge of an observation tower in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in these amazing views by a talented astrophotographer, who likened the vista to the Jetsons' cartoon futurescape.
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See Saturn and the Moon Pair Off Tonight
Saturn will shine near the first quarter moon on Aug. 22, 2015. The ringed planet will be visible as a bright dot to the lower right of the moon in the southwestern night sky.
August 22nd, 2015
If the weather is clear in your area on tonight (Aug. 22), you'll have an opportunity to see what probably are for most people, the two most popular objects to look at through a telescope: Saturn and the moon.
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No, Mars Won't Be As Big as the Moon in the Sky Tonight
Mars Hoax Image
August 27th, 2015
The "Mars Hoax" has been popping up every Aug. 27 since 2003, when it was born in a widely misinterpreted email. The sender of that message was trying to get people excited about an unusually close approach of Mars to Earth in late August 2003.
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Harbor Seal Photobombs Stargazer's Milky Way Snapshot in Maine
Milky Way and Harbor Seal Ippolito
August 24th, 2015
Skywatcher Stephen Ippolito captured this image of a harbor seal and the Milky Way while stargazing at Sand Beach in Acadia National Park in Maine.
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Chance Lightning Storm Illuminates Brilliant Milky Way Vista (Photo)
Milky Way Ippolito Arizona
August 22nd, 2015
See how photographer Stephen Ippolito captured this amazing view from from Bell Rock in Sedona, Arizona.
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Mars Shines with Cosmic Beehive This Week: How to See It
Beehive Cluster in Cancer
August 19th, 2015
On Thursday morning (Aug. 20), skygazers will get a special treat, when the planet Mars appears in the midst of hundreds of stars: the open star cluster known as the Beehive, Praesepe, or Messier 44.
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Forget the 'Supermoon': What's Actually Happening at Lunar Perigee
Full Moon with Airplane
August 26th, 2015
The full moon this Saturday (Aug. 29) will look especially big in the sky, because the moon will be exceptionally close to Earth.
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Watch the Milky Way Shine Over California’s King Range in This Awesome Video
Milky Way Above California King Range
August 24th, 2015
Watch the Milky Way rise above the King Range in California in this breathtaking time-lapse sequence.
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