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Featured Article: This Month's Night Sky
Solar Eclipse Will Transform Sun into 'Ring of Fire' Next Week
Our Solar System: Ring of Fire Sequence
April 23rd, 2014
The sun will look like a ring of fire above some remote parts of the world next Tuesday (April 29) during a solar eclipse, but most people around the world won't get a chance to see it.
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Déjà Vu: Bright Fireball Explodes Over Russia (Video)
Suspected Meteorite Explosion Over Murmansk
April 21st, 2014
A super-bright meteor exploded over the northern Russian city of Murmansk early Saturday morning (April 19), a little more than a year after another airburst lit up the skies above Chelyabinsk, about 1,300 miles to the southeast.
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Moon and Mercury Shine Together in Amateur Photo
Four Percent Illuminated Moon Conjunction with Mercury
April 23rd, 2014
Skywatcher Victor Rogus of Jadwin, Missouri captured this wonderful image of 4 percent illuminated moon in conjunction with planet Mercury on Feb. 27, 2014. See how he did it.
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'Losing the Dark': Video Illuminates Threat of Light Pollution
'Losing the Dark' Poster
April 22nd, 2014
Light pollution doesn't just make it more difficult for professional and backyard astronomers to observe the heavens, according to a film called "Losing the Dark." It also disrupts wildlife, wastes resources and adversely impacts human health.
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Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight: How To Watch Live
Lyrid Meteor Over Southern Maryland
April 21st, 2014
The Lyrid meteor shower peaks tonight (April 21) and you can watch the shooting star action live online.
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Vesta and Ceres: How to Spot the Solar System's Biggest Asteroids
Ceres and Vesta April 2014
April 17th, 2014
Here's how to see two of the three largest asteroids, Ceres and Vesta, in the night sky this month. Although Vesta is about half the size of Ceres, it appears brighter in our sky, because its surface is whiter than that of Ceres, reflecting a lot more of
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Amateur Astronomers Capture Magnificent Mix of Celestial Delights in Amazing Photo
Cone Nebula, Christmas Tree Star Cluster and Fox Fur Nebula by Fields and Hancock
April 23rd, 2014
Two Michigan-based photographers, Terry Hancock of Fremont and Robert Fields of Howell Township, captured this brilliant image of three nebulas and a star cluster on April 11. See how they did it.
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WEBCAST REPLAYS: Lyrid Meteor Shower Webcasts from NASA, Slooh
Lightning and Lyrid Meteor as Seen from ISS
April 21st, 2014
NASA and the online Slooh community telescope will host separate webcasts featuring the Lyrid meteor shower tonight (April 21) and into the wee hours of Tuesday (April 22) morning. Here's how to watch live.
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SpaceX's Dragon 'Chases' the Space Station: See It This Weekend
SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket 2nd Stage Engine Burning
April 18th, 2014
Skywatchers across parts of the United States and southern Canada will get an opportunity to watch as the private spaceflight company SpaceX's Dragon capsule "chases" the International Space Station across the sky.
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