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5 Sky Events This Week: Orion’s Meteors, Hidden Sun, and Zodiacal Light

October’s skies delight the eyes, for stargazers this week.

Comet’s Near Miss with Mars on Tap for Sunday

Heads up, a comet is coming to Mars.

5 Sky Events This Week: Moon Buzzes Beehive, Comet Barnstorms Mars

Sky-watchers enjoy parting views of Saturn, the “lord of the rings,” this week, along with the moon joining a star cluster and a historic encounter between the red planet and an icy interloper.  Sinking Saturn. Starting Tuesday, October 14, sky-watchers get their last chance to see Saturn as it quickly continues to sink in the…

Volcanoes Reveal Lunar Eruptions Long-Lived

Lunar volcanoes look surprisingly long-lived to astronomers.

6 Sky Events This Week: Cosmic Swan and Eagle Take Flight

A treasure trove of starry sights fill the night skies this week.

India Reaches Mars With Low-Cost Mission

India’s new entrant into orbit around Mars, the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), is a triumph for its  space agency and represents the fourth country to successfully send a spacecraft to the red planet. At a reported cost of $73 million, the mission is also a feat for lower cost exploration. Launched on November 5, 2013,…

4 Sky Events This Week: Rival of Mars Does Battle With Red Planet

Mars meets a rival this week, delighting stargazers.

MAVEN Arrives in Martian Orbit

MAVEN and Mars, two great things that now go together.

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.

Watch Final Summer Supermoon Tonight

A supermoon is on the rise.

Newfound “Pitbull” Asteroid Will Zip By Earth on Sunday

Good news, folks: The world won’t end on Sunday, when an asteroid nicknamed “Pitbull” will zip past Earth. But asteroid 2014 RC will provide some virtual sky-watching drama for fans of celestial flybys. (Related: “Asteroids and Comets.”) Discovered independently by two different observatory teams on August 31, the 60-foot-wide (20 meters) space rock will come closest to Earth at…

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.

Seven Sisters Star Cluster Controversy Solved

Good news for fans of that stargazer’s favorite, the Pleiades. Such star clusters are closer than astronomers supposed, most particularly when it comes to the iconic one known to many sky-watchers as the Seven Sisters.   Not only does a new study, published in Science magazine by a team led by Carl Melis of the University…

5 Sky Events This Week: Cosmic Teapot Steams While Neptune Hits Prime Time

Moonless nights offer starry delights to stargazers this week.