Skywatching

Featured Article: This Month's Night Sky
First Total Lunar Eclipse of 2015 on Saturday: A Skywatching Guide
Maximum eclipse
April 1st, 2015
Skywatchers in Asia and Australia will see the lunar eclipse Friday evening (April 3) after sunset, while observers in North and South America will see it Saturday morning (April 4) just before sunrise.
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Photographer's Cosmic Passion Leads to Stunning Night Sky Images
Star Trails and Bandstand Connor Hicks
March 30th, 2015
Night sky photographer Connor Hicks submitted these magnificent photos of star trails and a moon halo. See how Hicks created the amazing view.
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Glowing Cloud of Rocket Fuel Captured in Night Sky Photo
Fuel Dump Scott Gauer
March 26th, 2015
A small cloud of rocket fuel glowed faintly in the night sky above the Atlantic Ocean on the night of March 12, following a launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Skywatcher Scott Gauer photographed the glowing cloud from Danville, Penn.
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Blood Moon: Shortest Total Lunar Eclipse of the Century Rises Saturday
Lunar Eclipse of October 2014
March 31st, 2015
Only the speediest of skywatchers will have a chance to see the total lunar eclipse rising Saturday (April 4): NASA predicts that the total phase of the lunar eclipse will only last about 5 minutes.
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Skywatching Webcasts: Total Lunar Eclipse of April 4 by Slooh
October 2014 Lunar Eclipse
March 26th, 2015
The next major stargazing webcast will be on April 4, 2015 during the first of two total lunar eclipses. Viewing information will be posted here once it becomes available.
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See Venus and the Crescent Moon Shine Together Tonight
Venus will shine near the crescent moon in a dazzling sight on Sunday, March 22, 2015. This Starry Night sky map shows the location of Venus and the moon (as well as Mars lower down) in the western sky at 8 p.m. local time as seen from mid-northern latitu
March 22nd, 2015
As darkness falls tonight (March 22), be sure to take a look low toward the western part of the sky for yet another beautiful celestial tableau formed by a lovely crescent moon and the brilliant planet Venus.
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Star Power: Spring's Night Sky Dazzles with Constellations Aplenty
Big Dipper Seen in the Canary Islands
March 27th, 2015
With spring underway, the evening sky is in transition. What new stars and constellations will adorn the night sky for the next few months?
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Get Amazing Views of the First-Quarter Moon This Week
First-Quarter Moon on March 27, 2015
March 25th, 2015
Beginning skywatchers often think that the best time to look at the moon is when it is full, but experienced observers know that the moon is at its best for observing when it is around its first-quarter phase.
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