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5 Sky Events This Week: Full Lunar Eclipse and Lord of the Rings

This is a big week even for the most amateur of sky-watchers, with a rare full lunar eclipse and Mars getting as close as it ever does to Earth. Moon shadow play. The moon will appear to be orange-red late Monday night and early Tuesday morning as it undergoes a total eclipse, the first visible…

5 Sky Events This Week: Moon Joins God of War While Leo’s Heart Winks Out

Sky-watchers can rejoice at the change of seasons this week, seeing the moon join forces with Mars and Saturn, just as one of the sky’s most brilliant stars is eclipsed. Moon joins Spica. Late at night on Monday, March 17, look for the waning gibbous moon to rise in the eastern sky with two bright celestial…

5 Sky Events This Week: Mercurial Evenings, Cosmic Triangle and Lord of the Rings

The most elusive planet, little Mercury, pays a visit to the early evening skies this week, while the moon guides sky-gazers toward the true Lord of the Rings and other stellar delights. Mercury rising. Just after sunset on Tuesday, January 21, and for the rest of the month, the closest planet to the sun, Mercury, will…

5 Sky Events This Week: Charioteer Rides With Stellar Gifts, Moon Pairs With Heavenly Gems

Starry skies abound this holiday week, with treats for both the novice and the seasoned sky-watcher.  The moon joins bright stellar landmarks, while brilliant star clusters take center stage in the sky. Celestial charioteer. With the moon absent from the early evening sky on Monday, December 23, it’s a great time to look instead toward…

Cassini Photo: Stunning New Views of Saturn’s Hexagon Storm

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft snaps the highest-resolution images yet of Saturn’s mysterious “hexagon”—a six-sided jet stream circling the gas giant’s north pole.

NASA Reveals Saturn’s View Of Earth

NASA has unveiled a gorgeous Cassini spacecraft look at the Earth, Mars and Venus, as seen from behind Saturn. In orbit around the ringed planet since 2004, Cassini set up the image when it passed into Saturn’s shadow on July 19, 2013. That allowed the spacecraft to capture the arrangement of rings, moons and worlds seen…

New Titan Photos Showcase Lakes and Salt-Flats

Weather on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, cleared this past summer, allowing NASA’s Cassini spacecraft to beam back revealing views of the giant lakes and Earth-like salt-flats that adorn the frozen mini-world. Northern spring is kicking into high gear on the ringed giant’s largest moon, bringing with it clear breaks from the cloudy winter weather. That is finally…

4 Sky Events This Week: Harvest Moon, Green Giant, and Fall Equinox

This week two of the brightest planets join forces, and sky-watchers celebrate the change of seasons with a bright full moon. Saturn and Venus.  Starting on Monday, September 16 after sunset, Venus and Saturn will be having a close encounter that will last most of the week.  Low in the southwest sky, the second planet…

5 Sky Events This Week: Mars Buzzes Beehive, Venus Grazes Moon

Sky-watching in September starts off with ghostly cosmic glows and stunning close encounters between bright planets and stars. Zodiacal Lights. Starting on Tuesday, Sept.3, with a near moonless sky in the pre-dawn hours, the next two weeks mark the best chance for Northern Hemisphere observers to catch the elusive glow of the zodiacal lights. Far…

6 Sky Events This Week: Perseids Peak, Cosmic Triangle and Rising Mars

This week, skywatchers will be spoiled with jam-packed skies: meteors raining down, a moon-planet-star triangle and a large asteroid flyby. Meteor Shower Peaks. The year’s best-known celestial event officially peaks at 6 p.m. GMT Monday, August 12, when the Perseid meteor shower will produce anywhere from 20 to 80 shooting stars per hour, depending on…

Humbling Views of Earth from Distant Spacecraft

The solar system just got a bit smaller thanks to two awe-inspiring portraits of Earth and the moon taken from nearly the opposite sides of the solar system. On Friday July 19th, Earth got a great two for one deal. Both NASA’s Cassini spacecraft at Saturn, nearly 900 million miles (1.5 billion kilometers) away, and…

On Friday, Earth Photobombs Saturn Shot

Prepare to have your picture taken from nearly a billion miles away.  On Friday, July 19, the Cassini spacecraft currently orbiting Saturn will look back towards the sun and take a cosmic family portrait of the back-lit ringed world with distant Earth beside it. (Get Time of Event from Around the World.) The event is…

Primetime Views of Saturn And an Upcoming Planetary Family Portrait

  Saturn and Earth will pose for a snapshot next month for a NASA orbiter while the gas giant puts its best face forward this week and next for evening skywatchers . Armchair astronomers can also catch this celestial lord of the rings through a special high definition, live SLOOH web broadcast June 18 from…

5 Sky Events This Week: Lord of the Rings Meets Luna, Solstice Supermoon

Gaze skyward this week and watch our solar system’s two innermost planets have a strikingly close encounter, while changing seasons brings the year’s largest moon in the sky. Moon and Spica. On Tuesday, June 18, look towards the southern sky to see the gibbous waxing moon glide extremely close to the distant star Spica (263…

5 Sky Events This Week: Glimpsing a Green Giant, Big Dipper Rides High

Here’s what’s on tap this week for you skywatchers: Uranus meets the moon, Titan puts in an appearance, and Venus anoints a new moon.