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Black and white image showing multiple meteors in the sky.
Solar System, Sky Watching
Dec 8, 2017
The annual Geminid meteor shower has arrived. It's a good time to bundle up, go outside and let the universe blow your mind!
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