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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.

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

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

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.

Cosmic Cannibalism Reveals How Galaxies Grow

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

June 29, 2014: Refueling Satellites in Space, Sequencing the Koala Genome and More

Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. This week, we walk in space to refuel a satellite, cure koalas of chlamydia, play soccer the Brazilian way, end elephant poaching in Tanzania, run out of air at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, pair scientists with adventurers, road trip through the American South, and “revisit the Golden Age of Exploration.”

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.

Top Night Sky Photo Winners for 2014

Award winning astronomy photos sparkled this week.

Giant Blast Marks Milestone for Future Monster Telescope

A giant telescope kicks off construction with a mountaintop blast today.

Hubble Telescope to Start Hunt for Icy World Beyond Pluto

Hubble is on the hunt for a world beyond Pluto.

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

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

“The Beast” Asteroid Blazes Path Past Earth

The Beast asteroid passed by high overhead last week, and now NASA has the pictures to prove it.

Solar Storm Heading Toward Earth

Northern lights and solar storms might strike tomorrow night.