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Sky Events This Week: Green Giant, Blood Moon, and Dragon Spits Fire

    Amid excitement over a total eclipse, stargazers also can look forward this week to some starry surprises and a minor meteor shower. As always, the skies offer plenty of sights worth staying up to see. Uranus Opposition.   Uranus officially reaches opposition on Tuesday, October 7. That means the outer planet will be…

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: Goddess of Love and Distant Giants

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

5 Sky Events This Week: Mercury Rises while Green Giant Poses

May’s moon pays a visit, pointing to bright evening celestial landmarks this week while our planetary neighbors put on a parade for sky-watchers. Moon joins Spica. As the sun sets on Monday, May 12, you’ll find a waxing gibbous moon parked to the lower left of the brightest star in the constellation Virgo, the Maiden. The steely…

5 Sky Events This Week: Blue and Green Giants With Goddess of Love

Along with a sprinkling of shooting stars, sky-watchers this week will marvel at the moon, which guides them to the mythical characters studding the night sky. Lyrids peak. In the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 22, observers can expect this small meteor shower to peak, with rates of up to about 20 shooting stars per…

4 Sky Events This Week: Seven Sisters and a Stellar Sandwich

A final glimpse of the seventh planet from the sun comes this week, and the moon takes sky-watchers on a celestial tour of some stunning star clusters. Last-chance green giant. After dusk on Monday, March 3, the razor-thin crescent moon acts as convenient guidepost to the fast-fading planet Uranus, which will hang just below the moon.…

5 Sky Events This Week: Ice Giant, Lunar Wonder, Ex-Comet Shower

Sky-watchers get a chance to see a giant lunar wall, hunt down a distant world, and the moon makes for a convenient guidepost in hunting down a distant planet. Green Giant. Late night on Tuesday, January 7, the seventh planet from the Sun, Uranus, will pass near the moon. The green giant will appear about 9 degrees…

5 Sky Events This Week: Comet Buzzes Mars, False Dawn, Green Giant

As the calendar turns to a new month, sky-watchers get a chance to see not only a sprinkling of shooting stars and some ghostly glows, but also a distant gas giant in its best appearance of 2013. Comet buzzes Mars. In the predawn skies on Tuesday, October 1, famed Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) will be barnstorming…

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…

4 Sky Events This Week: Ice Giants and Celestial Fishes

This week the moon helps sky-watchers catch some celestial fish and trawl the night sky for the most distant worlds in our solar system.  Mars and Gemini Twins. At dawn on Tuesday, August 20, look for ruddy-colored Mars forming a picturesque arc formation with the bright stars Pollux and Castor from the Gemini constellation. The…

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.

Night Sky News: Chance to Spot a Green Giant

Thanks to a close encounter with Venus , skywatchers the next few nights get a chance to easily glimpse the 7th planet from the Sun – the green giant Uranus. While the pair of planets will be visible together within the field of view of any standard 7×50 binocular until Feb.15th, Venus and Uranus will…

25 Years After Voyager 2, Here’s What We Know About Uranus

Has it been a while since your last physical exam? Consider this: It’s been 25 years since anyone took a close look at Uranus. Uranus, as seen by Voyager 2. —Picture courtesy NASA/JPL The Voyager 2 spacecraft, which launched in 1977, made its closest approach to Uranus on January 24, 1986, coming within 50,600 miles…

Europe Asks If It Can Probe Uranus

This past September the giant planet Jupiter made its closest approach to Earth since 1951, briefly becoming the brightest object in the night sky, aside from the moon. And not too far from that brilliant dot, sky-watchers with even modest binoculars could easily spot one of Jupiter’s distant relatives: the icy gas planet Uranus. Uranus’…

“Sex c” New Planet Discovered

OK. If this headline makes you cringe rather than snicker, just stop reading this post right now. Good? Great. On to the news. An artist’s impression of a Jupiter-like exoplanet. —Image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech Late last month astronomers at the California Institute of Technology announced the discovery of four new extrasolar planets, two each around the…