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Andrew Fazekas

www.TheNightSkyGuy.com

Andrew Fazekas, aka The Night Sky Guy, is a science writer, broadcaster, and lecturer who loves to share his passion for the wonders of the universe through all media. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic News and is the national cosmic correspondent for Canada’s Weather Network TV channel, space columnist for CBC Radio network, and a consultant for the Canadian Space Agency. As a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Andrew has been observing the heavens from Montreal for over a quarter century and has never met a clear night sky he didn’t like.

Stunning Snapshot Reveals Dazzling Star Factories

A pair of glowing star factories beckon stargazers.

6 Sky Events This Week: Chance of Sky Lights and Shooting Stars

  Lunar and planetary spectacles fill the starry skies this week, alongside the chance of auroras and shooting stars. Perseids trickle. Late night on Monday, look for stragglers from the Perseids meteor shower. While it peaked a week ago, the shooting stars will continue to fly until August 24. According to the international observing reports, the Perseids…

5 Sky Events This Week: Planets Pair and Perseids Play

Although the moon may challenge sky-watchers’ views of shooting stars, it will join the seventh planet from the sun while bright worlds appear to pair together in the heavens. Mars and Saturn. After dusk on Monday, August 11, look for orange-hued Mars to be sitting to the far west of the yellowish ringed planet. The…

Catch the Extra-Supermoon This Weekend

Sky-watchers gazing at the full moon rising on the evening of Sunday, August 10, will be treated to the largest and brightest full moon of the year—also known as an extra-supermoon. This lunar show will be the second act in a trio of supermoons that are gracing our skies this summer. Thanks to coincidental timing…

Spacecraft Arrives at Stunning Comet

After a ten-year journey, the Rosetta spacecraft has finally made it to its target comet and has entered into orbit, beaming back stunning snapshots. Over its last few days before arrival, Rosetta is putting on the last of its braking maneuvers only 62 miles (100 kilometers) out. Now the first high-resolution images of the weird-shaped chunk of…

5 Sky Events This Week: Scorpius Eyes the Moon, and Jupiter Rises

The moon glides through the mythical scorpion’s claw and appears at its largest in the heavens for 2014. Lunar Lineup.  As darkness falls on Monday, August 4, the waxing gibbous moon, hanging in the low southwestern sky, is at the end of a cosmic lineup that includes Saturn, Mars, and Spica. Their distinct color differences—orange…

Moon Invades Saturn This Weekend

The moon cozies up to Saturn on Sunday and Monday, even covering the ringed planet for some observers.

NASA Preps Mars Orbiters for Comet Close Encounter

A cometary near miss for Mars in a few months means meteor risks for NASA’s spacecraft orbiting the red planet. On October 19, the comet Siding Spring will brush by Mars, passing so close that the space agency this week announced it has put together a special playbook filled with protective measures for its orbiters there.…

Milky Way Punier Than We Thought

The Milky Way looks less hefty, but just as beautiful as ever, this summer.

4 Sky Events This Week: Cosmic Dumbbell and Lunar Lineup

Moonless nights bring deep sky delights for skywatchers this week.

Watch What Could Be This Summer’s Best Meteor Shower

A July meteor shower promises a chance to catch a shooting star.

4 Sky Events This Week: Saturn Stands While Meteors Fly

Saturn, the true “Lord of the Rings,” dominates the evening sky this week, while the summer’s first meteor shower gets under way. Saturn at full stop. On Monday, July 21, the ringed world will appear at a standstill in the sky, relative to the background stars in the zodiacal constellation Libra, the Scales. Astronomers call this…

45th Anniversary of First Men on the Moon: Spot Apollo Landing Sites

This Sunday marks the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Learn how you can spy two of the Apollo landing sites with a set of binoculars.

See Mars Map Landmarks for Yourself

A new Mars map makes a visual trip to the red planet possible for stargazers.

Watch Stunning 3-D View of Doomed Stars’ Last Gasp

NASA astronomers reveal a three-dimensional view of a storied stellar explosion.