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Winter Solstice 2017 – It’s All About The Sun’s Rays

The Winter Solstice happens this week and marks the official beginning of winter. What does that mean in terms of Sun and daylight? Find out.

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A “Gem” Of A Meteor Shower To Stage A Brilliant Show

Great balls of fire! One the very best annual meteor displays is coming this week! Learn when and where to watch.

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Why Don’t Constellations Look Anything Like What They’re Named?

Have you ever looked at a star formation and thought, “how’d they come up with that name?” Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Learn more.

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Spot These Notable Star Clusters Near The Milky Way

The Milky Way is always a fascinating sight, but the stars within it also provide their own show. We explain which ones to locate this fall.

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Look Up: A Stargazer’s Guide To December 2017

There are so many things to see in the sky this the month, including exciting planetary line-ups, two meteor showers, and a supermoon!

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View Saturn After Sundown This Month

Saturn still lingers forlornly in the southwest after dusk. But you’ll have to catch it early, as the ringed planet sets more than an hour after dark at the beginning of the month, but before the end of evening twilight by November 30th. How Can I View Saturn This Month? There are several opportunities to… Continue Reading »

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The Demon Star Winks This Month

Halloween may be over but now is the time to spot Algol, known as the demon star, winking from a severed head! See when and where to look — no binoculars needed!

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Look Up! A Stargazer’s Guide To November 2017

November is a great month to stargaze! Look for a spectacular planetary line-up, 3 meteor showers, the Seven Sisters, and the most identifiable of constellations, Orion The Mighty Hunter.

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