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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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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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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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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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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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How to Easily Memorize All Eight Phases of the Moon

What most people know about the moon is that it orbits Earth, and there may or may not be a giant face carved into it. But the luminescent orb contains multitudes that might interest layman stargazers, and understanding its phases is a good place to start. Memorizing a simple mnemonic device can help your pursuit […]

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How to Easily Memorize All Eight Phases of the Moon

What most people know about the moon is that it orbits Earth, and there may or may not be a giant face carved into it. But the luminescent orb contains multitudes that might interest layman stargazers, and understanding its phases is a good place to start. Memorizing a simple mnemonic device can help your pursuit […]

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How to Easily Memorize All Eight Phases of the Moon

What most people know about the moon is that it orbits Earth, and there may or may not be a giant face carved into it. But the luminescent orb contains multitudes that might interest layman stargazers, and understanding its phases is a good place to start. Memorizing a simple mnemonic device can help your pursuit […]

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When to See This Month’s ‘Pink Super Moon’ at Peak Brilliance

With a new month comes fresh opportunity to experience the full moon you may have been too nonchalant to witness four weeks ago. This month, the forthcoming celestial wonder will brighten skies and presumably streak across Instagram feeds, as the pink Super Moon emerges again on April 26, about a year and six weeks…Read more… […]

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Celebrate ‘International Dark Sky Week’ Because You Deserve Some Wonder

Anyone from a city tends to comment on the brightness of the stars when they find themselves in a rural area after dark. But, cliché or not, when you’re so used to living somewhere with light pollution, having the chance to experience the opposite of that can catch you off-guard.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Celebrate ‘International Dark Sky Week’ Because You Deserve Some Wonder

Anyone from a city tends to comment on the brightness of the stars when they find themselves in a rural area after dark. But, cliché or not, when you’re so used to living somewhere with light pollution, having the chance to experience the opposite of that can catch you off-guard.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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When to Watch This Month’s ‘Worm Moon’ at Its Peak Brilliance

This year’s celestial calendar is in full swing, with the next visual treat primed to appear in the night sky on Sunday, March 28: the Worm Moon. This particular moon will be large and easy to spot as it hangs high above the Earth, as it always does during its annual March appearance. Here’s more […]

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