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Nature’s Fireworks Show in August Poster
Sky Watching, Meteor Showers
Aug 10, 2018
The fireworks show you watched in July most likely lasted 20 minutes. But in August, you can watch some celestial fireworks that will last hours and hours. This is the Perseid Meteor Shower. With a clear sky, observers will be able to see up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak.  
Solar System, Sky Watching
Apr 5, 2017
Stop what you’re doing and mark your calendar: When: Sunset on April 7, 2017 to sunrise on April 8, 2017 What: Jupiter at opposition  
Sun, Sky Watching, Eclipses
Feb 24, 2017
Something strange is about to happen to sunbeams in the southern hemisphere. On Sunday, February 26th, the moon will pass in front of the sun, transforming rays of sunlight across parts of South America, southern Africa and Antarctica into fat crescents and thin rings of light.  
Southern Hemisphere Solar Eclipse Poster
Solar System, Sky Watching, Meteor Showers
Dec 30, 2016
2017 is beginning with fireworks. No, not those fireworks… We’re talking about a lightshow from shattered comet 2003 EH1.   According to the International Meteor Organization and other forecasters, Earth will pass through a stream of debris from the comet on January 3, 2017, producing a... Read More
New Year's Fireworks Poster 2
Solar System, Sky Watching
Oct 14, 2016
2016 Supermoons October 16, November 14, and December 14: mark your calendar and enjoy the super moonlight. Step outside on October 16, and take a look at the moon. Not only will the moon be full, but on that day, the moon will be at its closest point to our planet as it orbits Earth. This... Read More
2016 Ends with Three Supermoons Poster 2
Solar System, Sky Watching
Aug 23, 2016
August 2016 is a special month for backyard astronomy.  Why?  Because on almost any evening in August you can take a tour of the solar system—no telescope required.
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
Sun, Sky Watching
May 3, 2016
Solar Scientists are accustomed to seeing spots on the sun--irregular islands of magnetism that sometimes erupt, producing strong solar flares. On May 9, 2016, they will see a spot of a very different kind--a dark circle moving across the solar disk. This spot is no ordinary sunspot. It's the... Read More
2016 Transit of Mercury Poster
Sun, Sky Watching, Eclipses
Mar 8, 2016
The forests of Indonesia are homes to one of the richest populations of songbirds in the world.  Ecotourists travel from far and wide to listen to them sing from the leafy canopy of the nation’s volcanic islands.  On March 9th, 2016, not long after sunrise, a time when the forest is... Read More
Indonesian Solar Eclipse 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, Sky Watching
Oct 23, 2015
Winter is approaching. The early, wakeful sunbeams of summer are a fading memory as October mornings grow dark and cold. Frankly, waking up isn't as easy as it used to be..... Except this week. In the days ahead, if you find yourself yawning over your morning coffee before sunrise, longing for... Read More
Dawn Triangle of Planets Poster
Solar System, Sky Watching
Aug 10, 2015
Moonlight is ethereal, enchanting, romantic.  For many sky watchers, nothing beats the luminous beauty of a full Moon. It’s great …. except during a meteor shower.  When Earth passes through a stream of comet dust, all that romantic moonlight turns into a nuisance, overwhelming the... Read More
Sky Watching
Jul 24, 2015
When someone says "Once in a Blue Moon," you know what they mean:  Rare, seldom, even absurd. This year it means "the end of July." For the second time this month, the Moon is about to become full.  There was one full Moon on July 2nd, and now a second is coming on July 31st. ... Read More
Summer Blue Moon 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