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What's Up June 2018
Solar System, Sky Watching
Jun 14, 2018
What's up in the night sky this month? Enjoy a ringside seat for Saturn, plus a night long parade featuring Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Vesta!
Sky Watching
May 3, 2018
What's Up for May? The moon and Saturn meet Mars in the morning as NASA's Insight spacecraft launches to the red planet on May 5.
Silhouette of people looking at the night sky
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System, Sky Watching
Apr 4, 2018
The Moon, Mars and Saturn form a pretty triangle in early April, The Lyrid Meteors are visible in late April, peaking high overhead on the 22nd.
What's Up April 2018
Planets of Our Solar System, Sky Watching
Mar 16, 2018
For a beautiful sky show, go for a sunset walk on March 18th. You’ll need an unobstructed view of the western horizon for the evening’s treat so climb a hill, see if you can catch a glimpse from the top of a parking garage or perch on a balcony.  
A Sunset Sky Show Poster
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!
Black and white image showing multiple meteors in the sky.
Sky Watching, Eclipses
Nov 30, 2017
A Supermoon Trilogy Poster
Sun, Sky Watching, Eclipses
Aug 18, 2017
On August 21, 2017, the shadow of the Moon will sweep across the U.S. landscape, transforming day to twilight. In the surreal gloaming of an eclipse, the temperature drops, birds go silent, crickets begin to chirp, and blossoms start to close. As this scene plays out across a 70-mile wide path of... Read More
The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Poster
Sun, Sky Watching, Eclipses
Aug 16, 2017
Cloud cover? Cannot travel? Don’t fear! Watch the total solar eclipse online!
Photo of moon eclipsing sun
Sun, Sky Watching, Eclipses
Aug 11, 2017
Are you ready for the eclipse?  Learn more here!
Still image of total solar eclipse
Sky Watching, Eclipses, Meteor Showers
Aug 9, 2017
Sky watchers in the United States have been waiting for this date for years. On Aug. 21, 2017, there’s going to be a total eclipse of the Sun. With the path of totality stretching from Oregon to South Carolina, people can see the eclipse from coast to coast. The timing of the eclipse will provide... Read More
A Big Month for Astronomy Poster
Sun, Sky Watching, Eclipses
Jun 14, 2017
Join NASA, other federal agencies, and science organizations for a nationally-televised event on the upcoming total solar eclipse.
Total eclipse image taken Mar. 20, 2015 at Svalbard, Norway
Sun, Sky Watching, Eclipses
Jun 2, 2017
For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cross the entire nation on Monday, August 21, 2017. Over the course of 100 minutes, 14 states across the United States will experience over two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day.
Photo of people releases weather balloons into blue sky
Solar System, Sky Watching
Apr 21, 2017
Comets are some of the most interesting objects in the solar system. Water that filled the ancient oceans of Earth might have been delivered by comets. And there is growing evidence that many comets (as well as some primitive asteroids) contain molecules key to life. NASA has sent space probes to... Read More
Close Approach Comets Poster
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