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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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Easter Skies Feature Big Dipper and Southern Cross
Big Dipper Dazzles Over Roque de Los Muchachos by Miguel Claro
April 18th, 2014
As soon as darkness falls this Easter weekend, step outside and look skyward. What is the most prominent and easiest star pattern to recognize? If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you only need to look overhead and toward the north.
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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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Saturn Shines Near the Moon Tonight: How to See It
Saturn and the Gibbous Moon, April 2014
April 16th, 2014
If your weather is clear, look toward the eastern sky tonight (April 16) about 10:30 p.m. your local time. You should see the bright moon rising, and just below and to its left will be a bright star-like object.
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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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Mars Puts on Dazzling Show for Amateur Astronomers (Photos)
Four Images of Mars Seen in Canada
April 16th, 2014
Stargazers took a set of stunning images of Mars during a fortuitous alignment that occurs every two years. The bright rust coloration of Mars is known for is due to iron-rich minerals.
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