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Steve Kates

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.
5 days ago
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Steve Kates

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.
12 days ago
NASA's new moon rocket lifts off from Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral,...
Steve Kates

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!
19 days 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.
26 days 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 month 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 month 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.
2 months 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!
2 months 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.
2 months ago
This illustration made available by Johns Hopkins APL and NASA depicts NASA's DART probe, foregroun...
Steve Kates

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.
2 months ago
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Steve Kates

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!
3 months ago
The Strawberry Supermoon sets in front of the NASA Artemis rocket with the Orion spacecraft aboard ...
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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.
3 months 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.
3 months 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.
3 months ago
Liftoff of NASA's Space Launch System rocket and integrated Orion spacecraft is targeted for 8:33 a...
Steve Kates

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.
3 months ago
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Steve Kates

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.
4 months 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!
4 months ago
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Steve Kates

Look high and higher for the beautiful noctilucent clouds

With the intensity of the summer monsoon season here in Arizona, we look to the subject of meteorology and in particular, clouds.
4 months ago
An outburst of Perseid meteors lights up the sky in August 2009 in this time-lapse image. (NASA/JPL...
Steve Kates

Meteor showers and more will take their places in August night skies

August will be here once again, a time of monsoon weather, thunderstorms and showers as well as meteor showers!
4 months ago
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Here’s what you should know about the weather phenomenon known as hail

To many people, the weather component known as hail is strange. Hail can appear in weather systems at any time and in many parts of the world.
5 months ago
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Reaching for the moon is super idea in July

July skies bring us an amazing sight - the super thunder moon!
5 months ago
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James Webb Telescope ready to unlock mysteries of the cosmos

Get set for some interesting images from the James Webb Telescope. NASA is expected to release the images on or about July 12.
5 months ago
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Steve Kates

July skies offer monsoon storms, super thunder moon and Pluto

With the summer monsoon well underway, the night skies of July offer up some interesting sights and events.
5 months ago
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The summer solstice marks longest day of year

As you were sleeping Tuesday, the Earth moved to another key position around the sun, with the annual arrival of the summer solstice.
6 months ago