SKYWATCH: TOP 10 ASTRONOMY NEWS STORIES FOR 2017, SOLAR AND LUNAR ECLIPSES IN 2018, AND MORE

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Lunar Hall of Fame

Sky & Telescope
Beginning in 1645, obsessed observers drew maps of the Moon’s face in ever-greater detail. These observers made it into the author’s Lunar Hall of Fame. Read more…

Top 10 Astronomy News Stories for 2017

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Multiple gravitational-wave detections, a total solar eclipse, and exploration of the outer system number among the top astronomy news stories of the year. Read more…

Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2018

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Two total lunar eclipses occur this year, the first since late 2015, in January and July. Meanwhile, three solar eclipses take place in 2018 — all of them only partial cover-ups. Read more…

The Best Meteor Showers in 2018

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More than a dozen times each year, we experience a strong pulse of “shooting stars” from an annual meteor shower. Sky & Telescope predicts that the two best meteor showers in 2018 will be the Perseids in mid-August and the Geminids in mid-December. Read more…

OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, December 29 – January 6

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See what’s in the sky this week. If you live in the eastern US the Moon occults Aldebaran Saturday, December 30. Read more…

What to See with Your New Telescope

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Here’s how to start right! First, learn everything about how your scope works and handles — first indoors, then outside in daytime. Now, what’s to see? And how do you locate it? Read more…

Tour January’s Sky: Four Planets at Dawn

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January’s astronomy podcast describes how to spot Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn in the predawn sky during January — plus you’ll learn about a “trifecta” full Moon at month’s end. Read more…

 

 
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