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This Week's Amazing Sky

October 7, 2014
Wake up early tomorrow, October 8, 2014 for a total eclipse of the Moon—visible throughout the United States and Canada! This eclipse is the second of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, or what we call a “tetrad.” See all the dates on our Eclipse page. For East Coasters, the total eclipse begins at 6:25 A.M. EDT; the Moon will be hanging low over the western…
June 23, 2014
The Whirlpool Galaxy, or M51, is a massive spiral type galaxy that is positioned beautifully face-on near The Big Dipper in the constellation Canes Venatici. It is about 24 million light years away and part of a cluster of gravitationally bound galaxies called … wait for it … the M51 group. Messier 51 was discovered on October 13, 1773 by Charles Messier. Charles was a…
December 28, 2013
We are going to jump ship here and head back toward Earth for a close-up on Jupiter. Exploring Orion has been a lot of fun, but there is a lot to see around our local solar system as well. Jupiter is easy to spot even from the most light-polluted areas. Not long after sunset, looking to the east, you will see it breach the horizon. Jupiter appears as a very bright star with a faintly…
November 15, 2013
Enjoy this guest post by David Rankin, astrophotographer, and discover more about the constellation Orion—including a floating horse! One of the many amazing features inside the great constellation Orion is the “Horse Head Nebula,” which is seen in the below photograph as the red area near the star Alnitak in the center of the photo. Not far from the Horse Head Nebula is the…
October 30, 2013
Enjoy this guest post about the constellation Orion by astrophotographer David Rankin.  This week, Orion harbors an awesome secret … a witch! By now, hopefully, you should be able to spot Orion in the winter sky. When you walk out just after dark, Orion’s bright figure towers over you to the south …  It’s the Witch Head Nebula. See…
October 26, 2013
This week, we have a guest astrophotographer from Southern Utah, David Rankin, with a special interest in exploring the night sky via long-exposure digital photography … The camera is able to capture space in a way that our eyes can not. Let’s explore what objects lie just beyond the reach of the naked eye during any given season. As the colder months rush in, the…