Stargazing Guides

September Night Sky Guide (September 2023)

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The September night sky (September 2023) will have many stargazing highlights including great opportunities to spot many bright stars, beautiful telescopic views of Saturn, and last but certainly not least: the famous Full Harvest Moon! This year’s Harvest Moon will be the fourth and final supermoon of 2023. All the details you need are here

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July Night Sky Guide (July 2023)

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July’s night sky highlights include the full Buck Moon, your last chance to see Mars for quite some time, and an opportunity to catch a shooting star or three! Learn everything you need to know about the night sky in our calendar of sky events here. By the way, do you have your “star binoculars”

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June Night Sky Guide (June 2023)

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June’s night sky highlights include the Full Strawberry Moon and many opportunities to spot the brightest planet, Venus, as it approaches maximum brightness for the year (around the Fourth of July). Look west after sunset! There is also a fun gathering of Mars, Venus, and a crescent Moon on June 21 that we are calling the Summer

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May Night Sky Guide (May 2023)

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May’s night sky brings the Full Flower Moon, a lunar eclipse, and opportunities to witness some of the brightest stars in the sky. Look southeast for Arcturus in “The Spring Triangle” and west for Venus shining after sunset, especially towards the end of the month when she will be accompanied by the crescent Moon. Learn

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The 10 Brightest Stars In The Sky

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People often ask, “What’s the best way to get started in astronomy?” We recommend looking for the most brilliant, easiest to find stars. Here is a list of the 10 brightest stars in the sky that you can see at night no matter where you are in the Northern Hemisphere—whether you’re out in the countryside

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April Night Sky Guide (April 2023)

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April’s night sky highlights include the first full Moon of spring, many bright stars alongside the Moon, and a unique opportunity to catch an annual meteor shower that is normally too weak to see! Learn everything you need to know with our calendar of sky events here. Do you have your “star binoculars” yet? How

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March Night Sky Guide (March 2023)

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The March night sky will have many beautiful highlights, including Jupiter “kissing” Venus and Mercury, the Full Worm Moon, and an opportunity to witness how the Moon moves west to east in the sky over the course of the month. (See March 23+24.) Plan your stargazing activities this month with our helpful calendar and details

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January Night Sky Guide (January 2023)

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As the air gets cooler, the stars get brighter! January’s night sky will not disappoint. Highlights include many recognizable constellations, the Full Wolf Moon, and an opportunity to see how the Moon moves in its orbit. Have a telescope? Don’t miss Saturn. The planet’s hallmark rings will collapse out of view soon! Look to the

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November Night Sky Guide (November 2022)

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The November night sky will have many highlights, including a total eclipse of the Moon, two meteor showers, and many stargazing opportunities! See our calendar with details and links to more information below. All times and positions for the next 30 days are listed in Eastern Time (Eastern Daylight Time from November 1-5 and Eastern

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October Night Sky Guide (October 2022)

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The October sky will have many celestial highlights including: the best view of Mercury for the next six months, the Full Hunter’s Moon, and the Orionid Meteor Shower. There will also be a partial solar eclipse (which won’t be visible to those in the US, but our friends in the UK and other parts of

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