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  • Asteroid Shower

    2007April 6, 2011

    Mark your calendar: The best meteor shower of 2007 peaks on Friday, December 14th.

  • Dreamy Lunar Eclipse

    2007April 6, 2011

    Mark your calendar: On Tuesday morning, August 28th, there's going to be a dreamy, colorful, total eclipse of the Moon.

  • Mars Doubles in Brightness

    2007April 6, 2011

    During the past month, Mars has doubled in brightness and now it is putting a nice show for backyard stargazers. A good night to look is Nov. 26th when Mars has an eye-catching close encounter with the Moon.

  • Strange Lights: The 2007 Aurigid Meteor Shower

    2007April 6, 2011

    On Sept. 1st, a flurry of bright and oddly-colored Meteorscould spill across the skies of western North America--or not. Forecasters are divided about what will happen next month when Earth runs into an ancient stream of debris from Comet Kiess.

  • A Dazzling Duo

    2002April 6, 2011

    Stick out your index finger and hold it at arm's length. The width of your fingertip is how far apart Jupiterand Venus will be on June 3rd -- a remarkable close encounter between the two brightest planets.

  • The Truth about the 2002 Leonid Meteor Storm

    2002April 6, 2011

    Another Leonid meteor storm is due in 2002. Rumor has it that a full Moon will ruin the show ... but perhaps there's hope for a marvelous show, after all.

  • Weird Sunset

    2002April 6, 2011

    On Monday, June 10th, The Moonwill glide in front of the Sun as it sets over parts of North America.

  • Earthshine

    2002April 6, 2011

    Northern spring is the best time to spot one of the loveliest sights in the heavens: Earthlight reflected from the Moon.

  • Mystery Object Orbits Earth

    2002April 6, 2011

    A puzzling object just discovered in orbit around Earth might be an Apollo rocket on a fantastic journey through the solar system.

  • Rings around the Sun

    2002Sept. 20, 2011

    Whenever both sun and clouds are in the sky, be sure to look up--you may behold rings, arcs, and other marvels!