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Watch What Could Be This Summer’s Best Meteor Shower

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

Space Station Astronaut Photographs, Tweets Gaza Conflict

An astronaut tweeted his “saddest’ picture from space, of conflict on Earth.

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.

4 Sky Events This Week: Ice Giants and Deep Sky Jewels

The moon dances with the outer planets this week for sky-gazers.

Milky Way’s Most Distant Stars Spotted

Astronomers have spotted the most distant stars still inside the Milky Way Galaxy.

Name That Planet! Alien Worlds Looking for Winning Names

Tired of this planet? How about voting on a name for a newly-discovered one.

4 Sky Events This Week: Ringed Jewel and Cat’s Eye Sparkle

A Cat’s Eye stares back at skywatchers in this week’s star gazing showcase.

Watch Historic Meeting of Two Monster Asteroids in the Sky This Weekend

Ceres and Vesta—two of the biggest and brightest asteroids in the solar system—offer sky-watchers a record-breaking rendezvous as a treat over the holiday weekend. Not since their discovery more than 200 years ago has anyone observed these two giants of the main asteroid belt pair up so closely in the heavens. Since spring, keen-eyed sky-watchers…

Cosmic Cannibalism Reveals How Galaxies Grow

Viewable by amateur astronomers, the Umbrella Galaxy is dining on a smaller companion.

NASA Launches Carbon Observatory

NASA’s carbon dioxide monitor has reached orbit.

Watch Red Fireworks at the Edge of Space

Sky watchers should keep their eyes peeled for “sprites” atop thunderstorms this summer.

5 Sky Events This Week: Moon Meets Mars While Puny Pluto Pleases

Celestial delights abound across the solar system in coming days, both for novice stargazers and for seasoned astronomers. Venus and Aldebaran. Look toward the eastern sky at dawn on July 1 for a challenging celestial conjunction of two bright objects hidden in the glare of dawn. The stellar rendezvous should be visible to the naked…