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Citizen Scientists Wanted To Observe Asteroid Blot Out A Star
2014-03-17 08:49:55

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Millions of Americans may be able to catch a space rock darkening the night sky this Thursday as the brightest visible star vanishes before our very eyes. If you live in the Northeast and the skies are clear, you may want to go out and look up at around 2 a.m (EDT) on March 20. If by chance the skies are clear, then you will want to look to the western skies toward the constellation Leo and hunt down the bright star known as...

International Dark Sky Week
2013-04-06 05:30:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online International Dark Sky Week (IDSW) is kicking off this weekend in an attempt to show the world just how dark our skies can be without light pollution. The International Dark-Sky Association´s (IDA) week long festivities began on April 5 and continue through April 11. The week is designed to promote ways to help put a dent in light pollution, such as directing light downward instead of up towards the sky, which washes out the stars...

Slooh Space Camera To Broadcast Live Feeds Of Moon, Jupiter Dance
2013-01-19 07:45:06

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Update: January 19, 2013 On Monday evening, astronomers (both amateurs and pros) across the country will be looking up to the skies to witness the super close dance between Jupiter and the Moon. Slooh Space Camera will also be there broadcasting live feeds of the event, giving everyone a shot at seeing the chance encounter. The waxing gibbous moon will appear about one degree south of Jupiter on Monday night, January 21. This...

European Southern Observatory Astronomers Capture New Image Of 47 Tucanae
2013-01-10 15:33:15

[Watch the Video: A close look at the globular star cluster 47 Tucanae] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Using their Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA), astronomers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have managed to capture a new infrared image of 47 Tucanae, the second most massive globular cluster in the galaxy. The picture, which was released by the ESO on Thursday, depicts the cluster “in striking detail,” the...

Image 1 - Venus Invades the Pleiades
2012-04-03 03:00:29

Watch out Seven Sisters, Venus is coming. This week the second planet from the sun will pass directly in front of the Pleiades star cluster. It's a rare sunset conjunction that's easy to find with the unaided eye, but best seen through binoculars or a small telescope. The action began on Monday evening, April 2nd, when Venus enters the outskirts of the little dipper-shaped asterism. Look west at sunset for Venus--it's the brightest thing around--then scan the area using binoculars. The...

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2010-09-16 06:40:00

Been outside at midnight lately? There's something you really need to see. Jupiter is approaching Earth for the closest encounter between the two planets in more than a decade--and it is dazzling. The night of closest approach is Sept. 20-21st. This is also called "the night of opposition" because Jupiter will be opposite the sun, rising at sunset and soaring overhead at midnight. Among all denizens of the midnight sky, only the Moon itself will be brighter. Earth-Jupiter encounters happen...

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2010-08-06 06:50:00

You know it's a good night when a beautiful alignment of planets is the second best thing that's going to happen. Thursday, August 12th, is such a night. The show begins at sundown when Venus, Saturn, Mars and the crescent Moon pop out of the western twilight in tight conjunction. All four heavenly objects will fit within a circle about 10 degrees in diameter, beaming together through the dusky colors of sunset. No telescope is required to enjoy this naked-eye event: sky map. The planets...

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2010-03-20 16:00:00

When the sun sets on Saturday, March 20th, a special kind of night will fall across the Earth. It's an equal night. Or as an astronomer would say, "it's an equinox." It's the date when the sun crosses the celestial equator heading north. Spring begins in one hemisphere, autumn in the other. The day and night are of approximately equal length. To celebrate the occasion, Nature is providing a sky show. It begins as soon as the sky grows dark. The Moon materializes first, a fat crescent hanging...

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2009-04-26 14:40:00

On Sunday evening, April 26, the crescent Moon, Mercury and the Pleiades star cluster will gather for a three-way conjunction in the western sky. It's a must-see event. The show begins before the sky fades to black. The Moon pops out of the twilight first, an exquisitely slender 5% crescent surrounded by cobalt blue. The horns of the crescent cradle a softly-glowing image of the full Moon. That is Earthshine"”dark lunar terrain illuminated by sunlight reflected from Earth. If the show...

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2009-01-16 16:05:00

A survey suggests that a growing number of people are unable to see the night sky because of glare from poorly designed outdoor lights in built up areas.In an attempt to study these conditions, the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the British Astronomical Association had some 1,829 members of the UK public counting stars for the study.During the study, they were asked to focus on the constellation of Orion, one of the most easily identified.There are about 50 of Orion's stars that could...