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In February, skywatchers will see beautiful full snow moon, maybe even a comet

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is streaking along our skies. If you want to see it, grab a pair of binoculars or a telescope.
1 year ago
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Hot news: Solar Cycle 25 is ramping up the sky show in 2023

The sun is now in the process of showing us its real power during the long-awaited Solar Cycle 25.
1 year ago
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Sirius: The brightest star in the night sky comes into view

Our January night sky offers up some really amazing sights and some include viewing that brightest star in the sky in remote locations.
1 year ago
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New comet to streak across skies before end of January

Get set for a new comet coming our way! Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF can be viewed with binoculars in the early morning sky later this month.
1 year ago
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Why we kiss under the mistletoe, tracking Santa and other holiday rituals

As we celebrate the holidays and Christmas, we look for some time to relax with loved ones and enjoy many of the traditions that have come from the distant past!
1 year ago
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Sky events to look forward to in 2023 include a rare eclipse and meteor showers

We've got a new year to look forward to great events in our skies after a terrific 2022.
1 year ago
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Heads up! Atmospheric optics are around on a regular basis

The skies are full of amazing sights other than the stars, planets and distant celestial objects - we're talking atmospheric optics.
1 year ago
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Red letter days ahead in December as Mars moves closer to Earth

During the month of December, expect to hear a lot about Mars and how best to view it and learn about it.
1 year ago
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It’s not a Thanksgiving turkey in the sky – that’s Cygnus the Swan

Point a pair of binoculars toward the sky on Thanksgiving night and find the magnificent Cygnus the Swan constellation.
1 year ago
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Everything you need to know about NASA’s Artemis I rocket to the moon

The long-awaited launch of the NASA Artemis 1 moon rocket has finally happened!
1 year ago
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The magic of constellation Taurus includes open star clusters

As we move deeper into the skies of autumn, we come across the zodiac sign of Taurus the Bull.
1 year ago
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Taurid meteor shower could bring in colorful fireball season in coming days

With Halloween behind us and the prospect of a new set of November events to look forward to in our skies, we present fireball season 2022!
1 year ago
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Lots to be thankful for up in the November skies, including a total lunar eclipse

As 2022 is nearly complete, we look to the skies of November for some amazing events to rally around, the best of which is a total lunar eclipse.
1 year ago
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NASA spacecraft Lucy completes first year of long-term mission to asteroids

Back nearly a year ago, NASA launched a very unique spacecraft to the planet Jupiter - the 3,400-pound high-tech craft known as Lucy.
1 year ago
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Here’s how to be prepared for the next meteor shower

The next decent meteor shower is the annual Orionid shower which will begin lighting up the skies in a week or so!
1 year ago
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Here’s how you can take a look at massive galaxy known as M31

The night sky has many amazing sights to view, but one of the most amazing objects to view in our October skies has to be the massive galaxy known as the Andromeda Galaxy or M31.
1 year ago
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DART asteroid deflection mission had all eyes on planetary defense

All eyes were on the skies Monday as a tiny spacecraft launched from earth last November attempted to deflect an asteroid.
1 year ago
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Mark your stargazing calendar for these upcoming October treats

As the year moves on, the skies of October will be some of the best that Arizona can offer!
1 year ago
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‘Cancer moonshot’ brings back memories of JFK space-race speech 60 years ago this week

President John F. Kennedy gave a speech 60 years ago to set a goal of sending men to the moon. Now, NASA is returning to the moon.
1 year ago
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Here’s how you can get a great view of the harvest moon Sept. 9

One of the most memorable of the full moons of 2022 is the upcoming harvest moon! Look for the rising harvest moon on the evening of Sept. 9.
1 year ago
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September skies feature harvest moon, 4 of the planets for viewing

With fall just around the corner and the traditional end of the summer monsoon season, we will soon return to those great Arizona skies.
2 years ago
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Upcoming launch of Artemis I moon rocket kicks off another moon quest

The next great leap to space will occur soon with the launch of the Artemis I moon rocket.
2 years ago
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Grab binoculars or telescope – Jupiter and Mars are coming into full view

Jupiter and Mars are coming closer to Earth, which is going to give skywatchers a really good look at them through binoculars or a telescope.
2 years ago
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Here’s your final Perseid meteor shower update for 2022

There are lots of summer monsoon showers to be had, but there is another type of shower occurring right now - the Perseid meteor showers!
2 years ago