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NASA's Spitzer, Hubble, and Chandra space observatories teamed up to create this multi-wavelength view of the M82 galaxy. The lively portrait celebrates Hubble's "sweet sixteen" birthday.X-ray data recorded by Chandra appears in blue; infrared light recorded by Spitzer appears in red; Hubble's observations of hydrogen emission appear in orange, and the bluest visible light appears in yellow-green.

June’s Night Sky Notes: Constant Companions: Circumpolar Constellations, Part III

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In the final Circumpolar Constellations installment, learn about objects in Cepheus, Draco, and Ursa Major, and how to find them in June's Night Sky Notes!

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Orbiting satellites make streaks of light across a darkening sky over a dilapidated ghost town ruin in the California Desert.

What’s Up: June 2024 Skywatching Tips from NASA

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Planets rule the a.m., and what’s that bright light? Saturn and Mars meet up with the Moon, Jupiter returns at dawn, and tips for identifying some common objects seen in the sky. Highlights “Planet Parade” note: Some online sources have…

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An image of the Sun shows a bright flash in the bottom right side where a solar flare erupts.

How NASA Tracked the Most Intense Solar Storm in Decades

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May 2024 has already proven to be a particularly stormy month for our Sun. During the first full week of May, a barrage of large solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) launched clouds of charged particles and magnetic fields…

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A park ranger stands on a snowy vista pointing to a full moon in the background.

The Next Full Moon is the Flower, Corn, or Corn Planting Moon

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The Next Full Moon is the Flower, Corn, or Corn Planting Moon; the Milk Moon; the Hare’s Moon; and Vesak, Buddha Jayanti, or Buddha Purnima. The next full Moon will be on Thursday morning, May 23, 2024, at 9:53 AM…

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Photo of two pairs of binoculars side by side.

Binoculars: A Great First Telescope

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Do you want to peer deeper into the night sky? Are you feeling the urge to buy a telescope? There are so many options for budding astronomers that choosing one can be overwhelming. A first telescope should be easy to…

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The bright, glowing Milky way fills the middle of this desert landscape.

What’s Up: May 2024 Skywatching Tips from NASA

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What to look for: Morning Meteors and May Planets See Mars, Saturn, and Mercury in the May morning sky. Antares slips behind the Moon for East Coast U.S. skywatchers. And the eta Aquariid meteors peak May 6th. Transcript What’s Up…

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A map of constellations at night for mid-May 2024 in the Northern Hemisphere

May’s Night Sky Notes: Stargazing for Beginners

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Were you inspired by the solar eclipse to become an amateur astronomer? If so, here are some high-level tips on how to get started, from Night Sky Notes!

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The main phases of the Moon are illustrated in a horizontal row, with the third quarter moon on April 1st, new moon on April 8th, first quarter on April 15th, and full moon on April 23rd.

The next full Moon is the Pink Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, Fish Moon, the Pesach or Passover Moon

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The next full Moon will be Tuesday evening, April 23, 2024, The Moon will appear full for about 3 days around this time, from Monday morning to Thursday morning. 

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Gray dots on a map of the world show the distribution of data collected during the GLOBE Eclipse challenge, 15 March - 15 April 2024. Concentrations of dots appear in the United States, Europe, and southern Asia. Trails of observations over the oceans indicate data collected onboard a ship.

GLOBE Eclipse Challenge: Clouds on Our Solar Powered Earth

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GLOBE Observer, the mobile app of the Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, gives anyone who wants to (in 120+ GLOBE countries) the opportunity to do NASA science by making environmental observations that complement NASA satellite…

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Collage showing 14 of the 19 educators selected and one tortoise observer with eclipse glasses.

Infiniscope and Eclipse Soundscapes Collaboration Reaches 1,766 Middle School Students

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Arizona State University’s (ASU) Center for Education Through Exploration, in collaboration with Eclipse Soundscapes, a NASA Citizen Science initiative based at Advanced Research in Inclusion & STEAM Accessibility (ARISA) Lab, came together to empower a cohort of enthusiastic science educators…

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