This Week’s Sky: August 14th-20th

The 2010 Perseids over the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT)

Sunday, August 14th  Jupiter shines at a magnitude -1.7 within the western portion of the Virgo constellation a half hour after sunset.   Since it is low in the sky- around 10 degrees high- the planet’s detail is limited when seen through a telescope.  During the predawn hours, M31, the Andromeda …

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Your Guide to the 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower


Considered by many as the best annual sky watcher’s event, this August the Perseid meteor shower dazzles dark skies.  Even though the shower reaches its peak the 11th through the 13th, often the best time to view, do not neglect the nights leading up to shower’s climax. Often they can …

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How to See Upcoming Meteor Showers: Summer 2016 Edition

With warmer weather and longer days comes equally awaited summer nights.  Arguably one of the most beautiful spectacles in astronomy, annual meteor showers- when the earth passes through the dust or debris of comets or asteroids orbiting the sun- give great reason to take a few nights and escape to …

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Rare Christmas Gift: A Full Moon


  On December 25th, those who celebrate Christmas will receive the gift of a full moon.  The moon will officially peak at 6:11am. A full moon on Christmas is particularly rare, only occurring approximately once every 19 years.  However, a full moon on Christmas hasn’t happened in almost four decades, …

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