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  • The 2008 Perseid Meteor Shower

    2008April 6, 2011

    The 2008 Perseid meteor shower peaks during the dark hours before dawn on Tuesday, August 12th, and forecasters say it should be a good show.

  • Return of the Leonids

    2008April 6, 2011

    Astronomers from NASA and Caltech are predicting a near-storm of Leonids in 2009 based on a surprising outburst of Meteorsjust two weeks ago.

  • Crescent Moon Alert

    2008April 6, 2011

    A crescent moon of perilous beauty is about to appear in the evening sky. The best night to look is Tuesday, April 8th, when The Moonjoins the Pleiades star cluster for a must-see conjunction.

  • Total Lunar Eclipse

    2008April 6, 2011

    On Wednesday evening, February 20th, the full Moon over the Americas will turn a delightful shade of red and possibly turquoise, too. It's a total Lunar Eclipse- the last one until Dec. 2010.

  • A Heavenly Sky Show on the 4th of July

    2006April 6, 2011

    Who needs fireworks? As night falls on the 4th of July, a moon, a giant planet and a spaceship will emerge from the twilight for a sky show of their own.

  • Return of the Leonids

    2006April 6, 2011

    Earth is heading for a cloud of comet dust that could produce an outburst of Leonid Meteorson Nov. 19th.

  • Perseid Earthgrazers

    2006April 6, 2011

    When the Perseid meteor shower peaks on August 12th, the nearly-full Moon is going to spoil the show. But there might be something to see before The Moonrises: a side-show of Perseid Earthgrazers.

  • Strange Moonlight

    2006Sept. 20, 2011

    When the Harvest Moon rises on Oct. 6th, go outside. You may notice a few puzzling things.

  • Venus Meets a Planet Named George

    2006April 6, 2011

    This month, Venus can guide you to a naked-eye planet that ancient astronomers inexplicably failed to see.

  • An Alignment of Stars and Planets

    2006April 6, 2011

    Something remarkable is about to happen in the evening sky. Three planets and a star cluster are converging for a close encounter you won't want to miss.