Skywatching

Featured Article: This Month's Night Sky
See 3 Moons of Jupiter Perform Rare Triple Transit Friday Night
Triple Shadow Transit of Jupiter, Jan. 23, 2015
January 22nd, 2015
On Friday night (Jan. 23), observers all across North America will witness a rare event when three of Jupiter’s moons, and their shadows, pass across the face of the giant planet. The next such "triple transit" won't occur until 2032.
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See Saturn, the Moon and More Before Dawn This Weekend
Crescent Moon Above Saturn in January 2015
January 15th, 2015
There are always interesting and unusual things to see in the night sky, even if you don’t own a telescope. Saturn, the moon and several other night sky objects are currently starring in a celestial show before sunrise, but only for those early birds who
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Full Moons of 2015: Their Names and Meanings
xpedition 42 Sees Full Moon Setting
January 15th, 2015
While most full moons of the year look similar, they each have unique names. Full moon names date back to Native Americans, living in what is now the northern and eastern United States.
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Spectacular Time-Lapse Video Shows Wonders of the Night Sky
'Illusion of Lights' Video
January 21st, 2015
An amazing new time-lapse video shows the Milky Way, dancing auroras and skies full of stars above stunning locations in areas free of light pollution.
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Saturn and the Moon Share Predawn Close Encounter on Friday
Saturn on Jan. 16, 2015
January 15th, 2015
Early Friday morning, if skies are clear, you have a good chance to catch sight of a lovely waning crescent moon pairing off with the ringed wonder of the solar system: the planet Saturn.
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CIA About UFOs of the 1950s and '60s: 'It Was Us'
High-flying U-2 spy plane
January 14th, 2015
On Dec. 29, CIA officials suggested via Twitter that many UFOs reported in the 1950s and '60s were actually high-flying U-2 spy planes.
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Supernova Blast in Superwind Galaxy Glows in Amateur Photo
Supernova in Superwind Galaxy
January 13th, 2015
This stunning image shows a bright supernova in the Superwind galaxy taken on Jan. 2 by astrophotographer Justin Ng.
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Heart Nebula's Cloudy Core Glows in Amateur Photo
Melotte 15 Jaspal Chadha
January 20th, 2015
Astrophotographer Jaspal Chadha took this image over four nights in December 2014 and January 2015.
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WATCH LIVE @ 7:30 pm ET: 'Science Unshackled' Author Discusses Unexpected Breakthroughs
Artist's concept of the Navstar-2F GPS (Global Positioning System) satellite.
January 15th, 2015
"Science Unshackled" author C. Renee James will talk about some serendipitous breakthroughs that resulted from basic scientific research tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST tonight (Jan. 15), and you can watch live here at Space.com.
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Green Comet Lovejoy Keeps Wowing Amateur Astronomers (Video, Photos)
Comet Lovejoy Photograph by Howes
January 13th, 2015
New images and a movie show Comet Lovejoy in all its glowing green glory.
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