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4 Sky Events This Week: Moon Points to Crab and Leo’s Heart

A Lion’s Heart and some starry graveyards come this way for skywatchers.

4 Sky Events This Week: Bull’s Red Eye and Green Giant Join Moon

A supermoon starts the week for skywatchers.

5 Sky Events This Week: Milky Way Gems Sparkle While Venus Snuggles With Leo

A bright moon steers skywatchers to Milky Way wonders this week.

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…

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…

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

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

Name That Planet! Alien Worlds Looking for Winning Names

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

Soccer Mania Stretches From Brazil to Mercury?

Worldwide celebration of the “beautiful game” may have spilled across the solar system to Mercury, according to NASA. The space agency’s MESSENGER spacecraft has spotted what appears to be a giant soccer ball on the scorched surface of the planet closest to the sun. While it may have the familiar pattern of a football, it…

Waves Discovered on Saturn’s Moon Titan?

Surf’s up on one of Saturn’s moons, report astronomers.

5 Sky Events This Week: Goddess of Love and Distant Giants

The goddess of love this week brightens the dawn hours for skywatchers.

Super Earths Found Circling Ancient Star

A habitable-zone planet circles a nearby star zipping past our solar system.

5 Sky Events This Week: Rare Celestial Shadow Dance and Leo Paws at the Moon

A brightening comet, Jupiter’s moons and a rendezvous with Mars fill out another exciting week in skywatching.

4 Sky Events This Week: Comet Challenge, Stellar Trio, and Planet Pairings

The parent of the now famous Camelopardalid meteor shower offers sky-watchers a challenge this week. They can also focus in on the Guardian of the Great Bear and watch four classic naked-eye planets swing into view. Comet Challenge.  Now that the much hyped but disappointing Camelopardalid meteor shower has come and gone, its parent comet,…

Far-Flung Exoplanet Puzzles Astronomers

Talk about a cosmic outsider! A newfound exoplanet sets the record for orbital distance from a host star. Dubbed GU Psc b, the giant planet is on an orbit more than 2,000 times farther away from its star than the one the Earth circles around the sun. You wouldn’t see many birthdays on this exotic world, since…

Best Photo Yet of an Exoplanet

While it may look like only a tiny smudge to the untrained eye, a freshly released image represents the best direct photograph ever snapped of a planet beyond our solar system. Located some 63.5 light-years from Earth, Beta Pictoris b appears to be a Jupiter-like gas giant planet. It orbits a star similar to our…