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Eclipsed moon and sun together this Saturday?

Who will see a selenelion – the eclipsed moon and sun in the sky simultaneously – for the April 4, 2015 total eclipse of the moon? Charts and info …

Thousands expected in north Scotland to catch rare solar eclipse

Friday’s eclipse will not touch land anywhere across the UK, but the line of totality will pass six miles north-west of the uninhabited island of Rockall<p>Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the north of Scotland and its outlying islands next week in order to enjoy some of the most …

Summer Triangle, signpost for all seasons

Tonight, look for the Summer Triangle. It’s not summer for our northern temperate latitudes, but the three brilliant stars of the Summer Triangle – …

Starwatch: In the shadow of the moon

On 11 August 1999, the inky, circular shadow of our celestial companion Luna slid silently across the Atlantic, brought a fleeting night to millions in Europe and Asia, and finally vanished in the warm waters of the Bay of Bengal. A syzygy – a near perfect straight line alignment – of the Sun, Moon …

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How often do 7 eclipses occur in 365 days?

It’s rare to have 7 eclipses in a calendar year. It’s less rare to have 7 eclipses in 365 days. There are 7 eclipses in 365 days 29 times in the 21st …

APOD: Aurora and Milky Way in a Little Sky (2014 Oct 03) Image Credit & Copyright: Göran Strand http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141003.html Explanation: Stepping stones seem to lead to the Milky Way as it stretches across this little sky. Of course, the scene is really the northern hemisphere's autumnal equinox night. Water and sky are inverted by a top to bottom, around the horizon stereographic projection centered on the zenith above Lake Storsjön in Jämtland, Sweden. In the north the Milky Way arcs from east to west overhead as fall begins, but the season is also a good time for viewing aurora. Geomagnetic storms increase in frequency near the equinox and produce remarkable displays of northern lights at high latitudes, like the eerie greenish glow reflected in this watery cosmos. http://www.astrofotografen.se/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141003 #APOD

APOD: Mars, Antares, Moon and Saturn (2014 Oct 04) Image Credit & Copyright: Tamas Ladanyi (TWAN) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141004.html Explanation: Mars, Antares, Moon, and Saturn are the brightest celestial beacons in this serene sky. The Sun's golden light is still scattered along the southwestern horizon though, captured after sunset on September 28. The evening gathering of wandering planets and Moon along with the bright star viewed as an equal to Mars and the Scorpion's Heart was enjoyed around planet Earth. But from the photographer's perspective looking across the calm waters of Lake Balaton, Hungary, they were joined by a more terrestrial sailboat mast light. Mast light, bright star, planets and Moon are all posing near the plane of the ecliptic. http://www.astrophoto.hu/ http://twanight.org/Ladanyi Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141004 #APOD

APOD: A Milky Way Dawn (2014 Mar 29) Image Credit & Copyright: Babak Tafreshi (TWAN), ESO Ultra HD Expedition http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140329.html Explanation: As dawn broke on March 27, the center of the Milky Way Galaxy stood almost directly above the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory. In the dry, clear sky of Chile's Atacama desert, our galaxy's dusty central bulge is flanked by Paranal's four 8 meter Very Large Telescope units in this astronomical fisheye view. Along the top, Venus is close to the eastern horizon. The brilliant morning star shines very near a waning crescent Moon just at the edge of one of the telescope structures. Despite the bright pairing in the east, the Milky Way dominates the scene though. Cut by dust lanes and charged with clouds of stars and glowing nebulae, the center of our galaxy sprawls across the darker zenith even as the deep blue sky grows brighter and buildings still glint in moonlight. http://twanight.org/tafreshi http://www.eso.org/public/outreach/ultra-high-definition/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140329 #APOD

APOD: Mars Red and Spica Blue (2014 Apr 02) Image Credit & Copyright: P-M Hedén (Clear Skies, TWAN) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140402.html Explanation: A bright pair of sky objects will be visible together during the next few months. Mars will shine brightly in its familiar rusty hue as it reaches its brightest of 2014 next week. The reason that Mars appears so bright is that Earth and Mars are close to each other in their long orbits around the Sun. Spica, on the other hand, shines constantly as one of the brightest blue stars in the night sky. Pronounced "spy-kah", the blue-hued star has been visible throughout human history and the sounds that identify it today date back to ancient times. Pictured above, the planet and the star were photographed rising together toward the southeast after sunset last week through old oak trees in Sweden. http://www.clearskies.se/ http://twanight.org/heden http://facebook.com/pm.heden Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140402 #APOD

2018’s 2nd Blue Moon on March 31

The March 31 Blue Moon is the 2nd Blue Moon of 2018. We haven’t had 2 Blue Moons in a year since 1999 and won’t again until 2037.<p>We had a Blue Moon …

Ophiuchus, 13th constellation of zodiac

The sun passes in front of Ophiuchus each year from November 29 to December 17.<p>Tonight, look for the faint constellation Ophiuchus the Serpent …

Orion the Hunter returns before dawn

Around early August, if you’re up early and have an unobstructed view to the east, be sure to look in that direction in the hour before dawn. You …

This morning’s moon, July 31, 2013

The moon is now a waning crescent in the predawn sky, and that’s good news for those who want to watch the upcoming meteor showers.<p>Here is this …