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The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse 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
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
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
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 makes the October full moon a supermoon.
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