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What's Up July 2018
Solar System, Mars, Planets of Our Solar System
Jul 6, 2018
July's night skies feature Mars opposition on the 27th, when Mars, Earth, and the Sun all line up, and Mars' closest approach to Earth since 2003 on the 31st. That means great Mars viewing, though the planet-wide Martian dust storm will make seeing details more difficult.
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System
Jul 13, 2017
Images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot reveal a tangle of dark, veinous clouds weaving their way through a massive crimson oval.
Solar System, Mars, Planets of Our Solar System
Aug 1, 2016
It’s thought that standing near a cow for any period of time will reveal that … methane stinks. While methane is actually odorless and colorless, to many researchers, methane is sweet. To exobiologists, it is the aroma of life. To planetary scientists, it is a greenhouse gas and a key ingredient... Read More
Methane Stinks Poster 2
Solar System, Mars, Planets of Our Solar System, Sky Watching
May 20, 2016
Earth is about to lap Mars and then Saturn in their race around the sun. The two planets have gathered together in the constellation Scorpius where they are shining brightly in the evening sky with Mars gleaming burnt orange and Saturn golden yellow.  
Red and Golden Planets Poster
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System, Sky Watching
Mar 4, 2016
“413 million miles” sounds like a looong way.  Something you can see in March might change your mind.
Close Encounters with Jupiter Poster
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System
Oct 27, 2015
Over 980 million miles or about 1.6 billion kilometers from home, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft hurtles through the starry expanse of space. From its vantage point orbiting Saturn, Earth is nothing more than a miniscule pinprick of light not unlike the stars framing the gorgeous ringed planet.... Read More
Close Encounter with Enceladus Poster
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System, Sky Watching
Jun 8, 2015
If you love stargazing, there's a date you need to mark on your calendar.  It's June.  That's right, the whole month! Throughout the month of June 2015, the two brightest planets in the night sky, Venus and Jupiter, are going to converge for a jaw-dropping close encounter. You don’t... Read More
Amazing Sunset Sky Show Poster