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How Each Full Moon Got Its Name (and When to See Them)

This month’s hunter’s moon got me thinking about moon names, and wondering if the full moon in every month has its own name. Spoiler: It does.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How Each Full Moon Got Its Name (and When to See Them)

This month’s hunter’s moon got me thinking about moon names, and wondering if the full moon in every month has its own name. Spoiler: It does.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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When to See the Spooky Hunter’s Moon at Peak Brilliance This Month

Look to the sky on October 19 and 20 for a view of the Hunter’s Moon in its full glory. The moon will be nearly 100 percent full on these days, and will project some beautifully reflected sunlight all over the earth…barring a cloudy night, of course.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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When to See the Spooky Hunter’s Moon at Peak Brilliance This Month

Look to the sky on October 19 and 20 for a view of the Hunter’s Moon in its full glory. The moon will be nearly 100 percent full on these days, and will project some beautifully reflected sunlight all over the earth…barring a cloudy night, of course.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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When to Watch the Draconid and Orionid Meteor Showers This Month

There are a couple of interesting meteor showers to watch for in October: First comes the modest Draconid, which will warm you up for the more impressive Orionid later in the month. Here’s how to see them both from the Northern Hemisphere.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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When to Watch the Draconid and Orionid Meteor Showers This Month

There are a couple of interesting meteor showers to watch for in October: First comes the modest Draconid, which will warm you up for the more impressive Orionid later in the month. Here’s how to see them both from the Northern Hemisphere.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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When to Watch the Draconid and Orionid Meteor Showers This Month

There are a couple of interesting meteor showers to watch for in October: First comes the modest Draconid, which will warm you up for the more impressive Orionid later in the month. Here’s how to see them both from the Northern Hemisphere.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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11 Scary Space Facts That’ll Make You Appreciate the Earth We’re Destroying

We need to get rid of outer space—it’s too dark and too terrifying, and everything out there wants to kill us. Yet some of our most popular billionaires seem convinced that rocketing humanity off into the stars is a more viable longterm survival strategy than simply trying a little less hard to ruin the one […]

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When to See the ‘Harvest Moon’ at Peak Brilliance This Month

The full moon that occurs nearest to the autumnal equinox, which is coming up on Sept. 22—is nearly upon us. Which means, for all you infinity scarf and pumpkin spice disciples—squee!—fall is almost officially here. Let’s delve into why this moon is so unique, and when to see it for yourself. Read more… Continue Reading […]

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When to See the ‘Harvest Moon’ at Peak Brilliance This Month

The full moon that occurs nearest to the autumnal equinox, which is coming up on Sept. 22—is nearly upon us. Which means, for all you infinity scarf and pumpkin spice disciples—squee!—fall is almost officially here. Let’s delve into why this moon is so unique, and when to see it for yourself. Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Tell If You Need a Telescope or Binoculars to See Cool Things in Space

When people think about astronomy—even amateur, backyard astronomy—the first piece of equipment that probably comes to mind is a telescope. And that makes sense, given that they’re what we see the pros using in observatories, and have become pop culture shorthand for a person (usually a child or young adult) who is…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to See the Perseid Meteor Shower at Peak Brilliance This Week

Tonight, or in the small hours of tomorrow morning, you’ll be able to see the best of Perseid meteor shower. The summer’s best and longest celestial spectacle is peaking August 11-13, bringing screaming rocks through the ether at a faster clip than at any other point during the six-week shower. Read more…

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How to Watch Two Meteor Showers Peak at the Same Time

If you’re one of the many people who got into stargazing and backyard astronomy during the pandemic, you’ve probably noticed that there hasn’t been a lot going on in the night sky as of late. All the usual suspects—the stars, the planets, the moon—are content to just hang around in space, and it’s been a […]

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How to Watch Two Meteor Showers Peak at the Same Time

If you’re one of the many people who got into stargazing and backyard astronomy during the pandemic, you’ve probably noticed that there hasn’t been a lot going on in the night sky as of late. All the usual suspects—the stars, the planets, the moon—are content to just hang around in space, and it’s been a […]

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When to See July’s ‘Buck Moon’ Light Up the Sky

Every month has a full moon, but only July can lay claim to the moon named after an animal with majestic antlers: the Buck Moon. This particular month is already a blockbuster for celestial events, with the Perseid meteor shower at its crux. But this month’s full moon provides yet another reason to keep your […]

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How to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower Rain Over Us This Summer

Celestial events are often momentary, which is why the most determined stargazers will stay up at odd hours and even venture out into uncomfortable conditions to catch a glimpse of the ephemeral wonders. But every summer, the Perseid meteor shower darts across the evening sky for more than a month, leaving even the…Read more… Continue […]

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Mars and Venus Are About to Make Out, Guys

The cosmos is in constant motion, and during the month of July, the movements of celestial bodies are an especially welcome treat for those on the ground. The two planets situated on either side of Earth—Mars and Venus—are poised to drift within a relatively close distance of each other, at least in the grand scheme… […]

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Construction Of The World’s Biggest Radio Telescope Is Officially Underway

The construction of the Square Kilometre Array Observatory is finally scheduled to begin next month, after the project spent seven years in the design and engineering phase. When it’s completed, the SKA Observatory will be the biggest radio telescope on Earth, with a collecting area that will cover over one kilometer. Read more… Continue Reading […]

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When to See Mercury With Your Naked Eyes This July

With all of the celestial events coming this summer, we can safely rebrand the next few months Big Planet Season. All of this year’s supermoons have come and gone, but the cosmic gifts dotting the calendar are a bit more mysterious and striking than the moon: Some of the solar system’s biggest and most distant […]

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When to See the ‘Strawberry Moon,’ the Last Supermoon of 2021

If you’re an avid stargazer, June alone has been a crowded month in an otherwise busy year of celestial events. A solar eclipse, a planetary conjunction, and an asteroid careening within a reasonably close distance of the planet have added a nice bit of cosmic intrigue as the days get warmer and longer.Read more… Continue […]

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