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  • Wow! Comet NEOWISE is visible in Arizona skies

    With the arrival of the summer monsoon season and the possible end of our drought, we turn our attention to the end of the long “drought” of visible comets!
  • 51 years after the first landing on the moon, is there interest in return?

    With the world’s attention focused on the 51st anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, what lies ahead with both robotic and human exploration of the moon?
  • A visit with the summer scorpion in our Arizona skies

    With the heat of the summer upon us, we get to look skyward and find the celestial replica of one of Arizona’s native arthropods, the scorpion.
  • Keep your eyes peeled – noctilucent cloud season has begun in Arizona

    With the summer season about to begin, there are now sightings of some very unusual cloud formations being observed by millions of people around the world.
  • Look for Vega and Lyra the Harp in the June skies

    As the summer season is right around the corner, we have some amazing sights to see in our Arizona skies, especially Lyra the Harp.
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    Summer Milky Way will be in full blossom in Arizona skies

    With the summer season just around the corner, it’s time to search our Arizona skies for one of the most amazing sights in the entire night sky: the Milky Way.
  • Swoon over Full Strawberry Moon and other June sights in Arizona skies

    There is still a good month of decent dark and clear skies in Arizona before the monsoon weather pattern moves into our region.
  • America’s X-37B space plane launches into orbit off coast of Florida

    Many of us know that the U.S. Space Shuttle program ended back in 2011, but did you know that the U.S. Air Force is operating a mini shuttle-type spacecraft known as the X-37?
  • Could Swan C/2020 F8 be the next bright comet?

    This year is opening up a new window for some potentially bright comets here in Arizona. Comet Swan is slowly brightening and is actually visible in a pair of binoculars.
  • A look at the meaning behind the full moons in 2020

    The full moon in May is called the Flower Moon because flowers dot the landscape in most regions of the United States this time of year.