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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 Watch the Moon and Mars’ Superior Conjunction This Month

If your work involves staring at a screen all day, the sky is giving you ample reason to savor some much needed respite from the grind this month. On Thursday, an annular eclipse in parts of the far northern hemisphere will produce a “Ring of Fire,” when the moon crosses the sun’s facade, and pretty […]

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When to Watch the Moon and Mars’ Superior Conjunction This Month

If your work involves staring at a screen all day, the sky is giving you ample reason to savor some much needed respite from the grind this month. On Thursday, an annular eclipse in parts of the far northern hemisphere will produce a “Ring of Fire,” when the moon crosses the sun’s facade, and pretty […]

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When to Watch the Moon and Mars’ Superior Conjunction This Month

If your work involves staring at a screen all day, the sky is giving you ample reason to savor some much needed respite from the grind this month. On Thursday, an annular eclipse in parts of the far northern hemisphere will produce a “Ring of Fire,” when the moon crosses the sun’s facade, and pretty […]

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Get the Most Out of Stargazing With These Apps

Gazing upward at a sky free of light pollution to witness something like an annular eclipse is one thing, but on occasion, you need to orchestrate your stargazing plans with finer details. You may have bought a telescope thinking it’d be easy to use, but perhaps it hasn’t enabled you to ogle the surface of […]

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Get the Most Out of Stargazing With These Apps

Gazing upward at a sky free of light pollution to witness something like an annular eclipse is one thing, but on occasion, you need to orchestrate your stargazing plans with finer details. You may have bought a telescope thinking it’d be easy to use, but perhaps it hasn’t enabled you to ogle the surface of […]

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Get the Most Out of Stargazing With These Apps

Gazing upward at a sky free of light pollution to witness something like an annular eclipse is one thing, but on occasion, you need to orchestrate your stargazing plans with finer details. You may have bought a telescope thinking it’d be easy to use, but perhaps it hasn’t enabled you to ogle the surface of […]

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How to Spot the International Space Station Twice This Weekend

When we think about the night sky, most people likely picture constellations, planets, the moon, or even meteors, on occasion. But the third-brightest object in the sky doesn’t fall into any of those categories. Plus, it’s constantly moving. If you guessed that it’s the International Space Station (ISS), you’d be…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Spot the International Space Station Twice This Weekend

When we think about the night sky, most people likely picture constellations, planets, the moon, or even meteors, on occasion. But the third-brightest object in the sky doesn’t fall into any of those categories. Plus, it’s constantly moving. If you guessed that it’s the International Space Station (ISS), you’d be…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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When to See the Lyrid Meteor Shower Light Up the Night Sky

In addition to a Super Moon and warming spring air, April comes with tidings of space rocks. Beginning April 16, Earth will traverse the tail of the comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which will see the Lyrid meteor shower streak across the night sky. Of course, this isn’t the same as glancing upwards to witness the […]

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Watch the Moon and 3 Planets Line Up at Dawn

It’s easy enough to spot the moon, but it can be much harder to figure out which of the dots in the night sky are the planets. You see a particularly bright object and wonder, if it’s a planet, a particularly luminous star, or perhaps, a plane. Well, over the next three days, identifying the […]

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Watch the Moon and 3 Planets Line Up at Dawn

It’s easy enough to spot the moon, but it can be much harder to figure out which of the dots in the night sky are the planets. You see a particularly bright object and wonder, if it’s a planet, a particularly luminous star, or perhaps, a plane. Well, over the next three days, identifying the […]

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How and When to Catch the Brightest Planets on Display Throughout February

Over the past two months we’ve been treated to some pretty amazing things in the night sky. February, on the other hand, is a little quieter—especially when it comes to planets. Of the five planets we can usually see with the naked eye (those would be Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn), really, only Mars […]

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How and When to Catch the Brightest Planets on Display Throughout February

Over the past two months we’ve been treated to some pretty amazing things in the night sky. February, on the other hand, is a little quieter—especially when it comes to planets. Of the five planets we can usually see with the naked eye (those would be Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn), really, only Mars […]

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How and When to Catch the Brightest Planets on Display Throughout February

Over the past two months we’ve been treated to some pretty amazing things in the night sky. February, on the other hand, is a little quieter—especially when it comes to planets. Of the five planets we can usually see with the naked eye (those would be Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn), really, only Mars […]

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How to Find a Truly Dark Location for the Best Photos of the Night Sky

For the past few months, we’ve spent quite a bit of time outside in the evenings, taking in the night sky. We’ve had a few memorable space-related moments this summer—including a once-every-6,000-years comet and a bunch of meteor showers—and it has been something free to do and look forward to during a period when it…Read […]

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