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7 Sky Events This Week: Double Comet Flybys and Lunar Encounters

Comets dominate the pre-dawn skies and their flybys of neighboring planets offer observing challenges for early bird sky-gazers.  Comet ISON Brightens. Late last week Comet ISON began to wake up and now shines ten times brighter than it did just ...

5 Sky Events This Week: Cosmic Bull’s-Eye and Eskimo Nebula

While Venus shines bright after sunset in the southwest, and Jupiter rises high late nights in the south, the moon dances with planets and stars this week. Orionid stragglers: If clouds kept you from viewing the peak of the Orionids ...

5 Sky Events This Week: Mars Buzzes Beehive, Venus Grazes Moon

Sky-watching in September starts off with ghostly cosmic glows and stunning close encounters between bright planets and stars. Zodiacal Lights. Starting on Tuesday, Sept.3, with a near moonless sky in the pre-dawn hours, the next two weeks mark the best ...

5 Sky Events This Week: Mars Buzzes Beehive, Venus Grazes Moon

Sky-watching in September starts off with ghostly cosmic glows and stunning close encounters between bright planets and stars. Zodiacal Lights. Starting on Tuesday, Sept.3, with a near moonless sky in the pre-dawn hours, the next two weeks mark the best ...

Photos: Moment of Violent Starbirth Captured

While Hollywood paparazzi prize a first snapshot of a celebrity’s newborn, astrophotographers are always on the hunt for something more elusive—the birth of distant stars like our sun. Now it looks like astronomer may have photographic evidence. Using ...

Photos: Moment of Violent Starbirth Captured

While Hollywood paparazzi prize a first snapshot of a celebrity’s newborn, astrophotographers are always on the hunt for something more elusive—the birth of distant stars like our sun. Now it looks like astronomer may have photographic evidence. Using ...

6 Sky Events This Week: Perseids Peak, Cosmic Triangle and Rising Mars

This week, skywatchers will be spoiled with jam-packed skies: meteors raining down, a moon-planet-star triangle and a large asteroid flyby. Meteor Shower Peaks. The year’s best-known celestial event officially peaks at 6 p.m. GMT Monday, August 12, when the Perseid ...

4 Sky Events This Week: Eagle’s Eye and Meteors Sprinkle

With the moon out of the sky for most of the week, skywatchers get to experience dark nights, perfect for exploring stellar giants and enjoying a sprinkle of shooting stars. Arcturus Shines:  Monday,  August 5, look west after nightfall for orange-hued ...

5 Sky Events This Week: Meteors Peak, Four Worlds Meet

The starry skies get busy this week with a minor meteor shower peaking, the moon showcasing a bright star cluster, and four neighboring worlds converging before daybreak. Meteor Shower Peak. The Southern Delta Aquarids will peak in the pre-dawn hours ...