Look Up! Celebrate International Dark-Sky Week This Weekend
The Milky Way by Mike Taylor
April 18th, 2015
A Maine photographer is joining forces with dark-sky advocates to say that people must be careful about where they direct their lights.
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Why You Can't See the Milky Way in the Spring Night Sky
Milky Way Over Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
April 10th, 2015
Now that the bright moon has moved out of the evening sky, skywatchers have a great chance to view the early spring stars. And yet, even under dark skies, skywatchers will notice that there is something missing overhead: the Milky Way.
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Virgo Rises: Spot Second-Largest Constellation This Week
59 Virginis in the Constellation of Virgo
April 17th, 2015
Right now is a good time to look for Virgo, since the bright moon is not lighting up the evening sky. (Virgo may be very large, but most of her stars are rather dim.)
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SpaceX's Dragon Space Capsule Now Visible in Night Sky: How to See It
At left: SpaceX's Dragon space capsule soars over Earth in a camera view from its Falcon 9 rocket upper stage after a smooth launch on April 14, 2015. Right: A camera on Dragon shows its solar arrays unfold.
April 14th, 2015
Skywatchers across parts of the United States and southern Canada have a chance to see a Dragon capsule built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX 'chase' the International Space Station across the sky this week ahead of a Friday morning rendezvous.
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Bid Farewell to the Winter Night Sky
Sky Map for Winter Stars, April 2015
April 9th, 2015
We usually think of the equinox on or around March 21 as the end of winter and the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. But these week you can see the last vestiges of the bright stars of winter arrayed just above the horizon.
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The Milky Way Over Loon Island: A Stargazer's Stunning View (Photo)
Loon Island Panorama Evans
April 7th, 2015
Astrophotographer A. Garrett Evans took the image Loon Island Lighthouse on Lake Sunapee in Sunapee, New Hampshire on Feb. 28, 2015.
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Spring Skywatching: Constellation Leo Comes in Like a Lion
Leo and Jupiter in April 2015
April 17th, 2015
One of the surest signs of spring for stargazers is seeing the constellation Leo high in the evening sky. Here's how to spot Leo, and what to look for within it.
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Stargazer Enjoys Venus View from Giant's Causeway in Ireland (Photo)
Venus Northern Ireland Claro
April 13th, 2015
Astrophotographer Miguel Claro took this image between the Giant’s Causeway, near Bushmills, in northeast coast of Northen Ireland on March 20, 2015.
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Saturn Shines with the Moon Tonight: How to See It
Saturn on April 8, 2015
April 7th, 2015
Saturn will shine near the moon late Tuesday and early Wednesday (April 7-8), making the ringed planet a great target for amateur astronomers. Here's how to see it.
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