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Steve Kates

January is terrific time of year to look for Pleiades star cluster

As January rolls on, we look to the night skies for additional objects to view and enjoy. Tops on the list is the star cluster Pleiades.
7 days ago
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Steve Kates

Take a tour of a stellar nursery – the Orion Nebula

With the New Year here and the season of winter under way, we explore the January 2022 skies for a most memorable group of stars know as Orion the Hunter.
14 days ago
This photo provided by NASA, the James Webb Space Telescope is separated in space on Saturday, Dec....
Steve Kates

NASA sends James Webb Telescope into deep space

The long-awaited launch of the James Webb Telescope became a reality on Christmas Day! The $10 billion telescope spacecraft lifted off the launch pad in a near-perfect ascent to space on its million-mile journey.
21 days ago
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Steve Kates

A glimpse at what Arizona can expect to see in the sky in 2022

As the Earth turns towards a new year, we, here, in Arizona and around the world await some exciting events in the sky!
28 days ago
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Steve Kates

An update on Comet Leonard discovered by UArizona astronomer

The first discovered comet of 2021, Comet Leonard C/2021/ A1 is making news around the world as it gets closer to Earth and the planet Venus and finally its main event with the sun.
1 month ago
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Steve Kates

These objects in the sky remind us of the Christmas star

With the holidays in full swing, our attention is naturally drawn to the sky to imagine what objects or objects are just like the magical Christmas star of days gone by.
1 month ago
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Steve Kates

Discovered by Arizona researcher, Comet Leonard will catch looks soon

With the dark of the moon coming and a new moon Thursday we have an opportunity to view an amazing celestial visitor. Welcome to a new comet, Comet Leonard C/2021 A1, soon to be visible with binoculars and possibly the naked eye.
2 months ago
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Steve Kates

December opens with crescent moon, followed by meteor showers, more

As November ends we look forward to some of the best in our Arizona skies, as the winter season is just around the corner!
2 months ago
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Steve Kates

Lunar eclipse will give sky watchers something to see early Friday

Observers across North America will get to experience one of the most amazing celestial events - a near total lunar eclipse Friday morning!
2 months ago
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Steve Kates

Triangulum constellation is small but worth looking for in November skies

The month of November opens up with clear skies, little moonlight and the promise of some really interesting objects to view in our Arizona skies, such as the Triangulum constellation.
2 months ago
The Boomerang Nebula (NASA, ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team-STScI/AURA Photo)...
Steve Kates

Searching the universe for coldest place known to humanity

Where can you find the coldest temperatures in the universe? Hint: It's about 5,000 light years away from Earth!
3 months ago
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STEVE KATES

A look at the Arizona November Sky Tour

With the fall season now in full swing, we look forward to the holidays and there will be many celestial treats for all to explore!
3 months ago
SOFIA soars over the snow-covered Sierra Nevada mountains with its telescope door open during a tes...
Steve Kates

Details about the amazing airborne telescope SOFIA

Flying above most of the atmosphere to capture images of faint celestial objects is one of the great technological achievements of science and so it is with the NASA/SOFIA Science Center’s specially modified 747SP aircraft.
3 months ago
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Steve Kates

Grab your binoculars to take a peek at nova in Arizona skies

In the most basic of all explanations, a nova is a star that reaches a critical mass, collapses under the pressure of gravity and then explodes.
3 months ago
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Steve Kates

With monsoon out of the way, October skies offer up amazing sights

October 2021 brings about some of the best that the night sky can offer up.
4 months ago
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Steve Kates

Jupiter and its moons will fill the eyes of starwatchers in October

Jupiter, the king of the planets, is the dominant planet in our October skies and it's easy to spot high in the southeastern sky at sunset.
4 months ago
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Steve Kates

Change of seasons pulls cold, blue elusive Neptune into view

September and October bring us some clear and cooler nights - just what the doctor ordered to view some amazing objects, like Neptune.
4 months ago
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Steve Kates

September skies bring autumn’s harvest moon to light

We bring you some exciting news about a most amazing moon known as the harvest moon.
4 months ago
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Steve Kates

Andromeda Galaxy shines as summer makes way for autumn

Deep within the constellation of Andromeda we come to a most interesting object - the great Andromeda Galaxy, or M31 and to some, NGC 224.
4 months ago
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September skies will feature harvest moon, Venus, Jupiter

As the Earth moves around the sun, we move into the autumnal equinox and cooler weather for us here in Arizona. With that comes the promise of some great views of our skies.
5 months ago
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Has the most distant object in space been detected?

The powerful Hubble Space Telescope helped astronomers to detect the star called Icarus, which many believe is some 9 billion light years from Earth.
5 months ago
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The era of space warfare and the growing threat of EMP

The sad fact is that space is the growing battlefield of the near future.
5 months ago
An artist's rendering made available by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows the Juno spacecraft above Jupiter. (...
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An observer’s guide to Jupiter for remainder of August

August presents a most amazing view of the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter.
5 months ago
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Welcome STEVE, a strange ribbon of colorful light

A new and strange atmospheric phenomenon is being seen in the skies around the world. “STEVE” is acronym for Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement.
6 months ago