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Viewing Guide: Watch Blood Moon During Total Lunar Eclipse on Wednesday

The second in a rare set of four lunar eclipses will be visible across most of North America.<p>There's a "blood moon" on the rise. This week the moon will disappear for the second time in 2014, in a total eclipse early Wednesday morning.<p>Lunar eclipses happen when the sun, moon, and Earth are aligned …

Sky Events This Week: Green Giant, Blood Moon, and Dragon Spits Fire

Changing Planet<p>Amid excitement over a total eclipse, stargazers also can look forward this week to some starry surprises and a minor meteor shower. As always, the skies offer plenty of sights worth staying up to see.<p><b>Uranus Opposition.</b> Uranus officially reaches opposition on Tuesday, October 7. That …

Hyper-Detailed Miniature Dioramas of Street Scenes

Japanese artist Satoshi Araki creates dioramas that are astonishing both for their hyper-detailed realism and their incredibly small scale. The …

Aliens May Be Out There, But Too Distant for Contact

The Milky Way may be home to some 3,000 extraterrestrial civilizations but the vast distances between our galactic cousins will make contact …

Telescopes

Station spotting: This is a good week to see the ISS from the US.

This week will have several excellent passes of the International Space Station over the United States, so whether you’ve seen it dozens of times, or …

How to Watch the October 2014 'Blood Moon' Total Lunar Eclipse

<b>Editor's Update for Oct. 8 at 9 a.m. ET</b>: The total lunar eclipse is over, but you can see some amazing images of the celestial site here: 'Blood …

Astronomy

Solar filament snakes across the sun, may soon end in violent burst

A giant filament has appeared on the surface of the sun — and NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has captured images of the long, dark formation.<p>Straightened out, the serpentine filament would measure about 1 million miles from end to end, stretching close to halfway around the sun.<p>Filaments are …

Estivation: How Mucus Saved My Life