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Christmas Full Moon Visible in Chicagoland; Clouds Moving In to Northern Illinois

Moon Phases for 2015 from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio The year 2015 brings the first Christmas full moon in 38 years and it will be the last until 2034. Known as a full cold moon, the last of the year, it peaked Friday morning at 6:11 a.m. EST. Christmas Full Moon […]

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Tonight’s Sky for December 2015 Features Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Saturn, Perseus, Cassiopeia, Geminid Meteor Shower

Backyard stargazers get a monthly guide to the northern hemisphere’s skywatching events with “Tonight’s Sky.” In December, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Saturn, Perseus, Cassiopeia all make an appearance — as does the Geminid Meteor Shower. (Musical track The Far River written by Jonn Serrie, from the album And the Stars Go With You courtesy of New […]

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Tonight’s Sky Features Leonid Meteor Shower: November 2015 from the Hubble Space Telescope to Your Own Backyard

Your guide to constellations, deep-sky objects, planets, and events. Venus, Mars and Jupiter are still close in the pre-dawn sky this month. November 7, 2015 provides a treat with the three planets close to a waning crescent Moon. Pisces high in the southern sky. Aries is a dark constellation just to the east of Pisces […]

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NASA Releases More Than 8,400 Apollo Moon Mission Photos on Flickr

NASA released more than 8,400 Apollo moon mission photos after re-scanning negatives of high-resolution shots by Apollo astronauts using Hasselblad medium format cameras. The “Project Apollo Archive” has just uploaded more than 8,400 astonishing, high-resolution images to Flickr from the NASA moon missions and from training operations on Earth. The collection includes original scans from […]

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Tonight’s Sky October 2015

 NIGHT SKY FOR OCT 2015 …  Backyard stargazers get a monthly guide to the northern hemisphere’s skywatching events with “Tonight’s Sky.” In October, view Saturn setting in the southwest sky just after sunset and before it sets. Constellations Pegasus and Andromeda. M31 is near Andromeda. M31 is the closest spiral galaxy to our Milky Way […]

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What Time Is Maximum Total Lunar Eclipse for the SuperMoon Sunday Night? Clouds Clear in Northeast Illinois

Conditions could be ideal for observing the SuperMoon Total Lunar Eclipse Sunday Night. Total Lunar Eclipse Begins: Sun, Sep 27, 2015 at 7:11 PM Maximum: Sun, Sep 27, 2015 at 9:47 PM Ends: Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 12:22 AM Eclipse Duration: 5 hours, 11 minutes What Time Is Maximum Total Lunar Eclipse for the […]

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Venus as “Morning Star” Soon to Be Joined by Mars and Jupiter at Dawn in the Eastern Sky

September’s morning planets are Venus and Mars. Venus is the brightest object that is still visible when morning twilight brightens the dawn sky. Mars is just to the lower left of Venus, but fades from view before Venus fades as the Sun brightens the morning. In the latter half of September, Jupiter will rise while […]

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Supermoon Lunar Eclipse in Chicago on September 27-28; Also Evening Planet Saturn and Morning Planets Venus, Mars and Jupiter This Month

Beginning September 27th, 2015 there will be a very rare event in the night sky – a supermoon lunar eclipse. Watch this animated feature to learn more. A total lunar eclipse, known as a supermoon lunar eclipse, will be visible to observers throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, western Asia and the eastern Pacific Ocean. Chicago […]

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Perseid Meteor Shower Photos from August 2015; Peak Viewing Was Last Night but Meteor Shower Continues

BBC News: Perseid meteor shower photos in 60 seconds. Chicagoland and several areas around the world had good weather and good sky conditions as the moon was approaching the New Moon Phase with only a slight sliver for a crescent moon. Perseid meteor showers peaked last night with the earth passing through the thick of […]

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When Does Perseid Meteor Shower Peak? Perseids Meteor Shower Peaks 3 AM to Dawn Local Time

The annual Perseid meteor shower, which is known as one of the brightest meteor showers, happens near the end of summer. Here’s everything you need to know. The Perseids have been showing at night for weeks, and will continue for weeks, but tomorrow morning between 3:00 a.m. and dawn is the peak time for observation […]

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Dwarf Planet Ceres in the Asteroid Belt Has Mysterious Bright Spots, Pyramid

NASA released a new flyover animation showing the mysterious surface of the dwarf planet Ceres. Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt, which lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. The diameter of Ceres is approximately 945 kilometers (587 miles), making it the largest of the minor planets within the orbit of […]

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Time-Lapse Sky Spectacular from Jeff Boyce Shows Milky Way, Aurora Borealis, Storm Development, Night Lightning Display

WARNING light sensitive or photosensitive epileptics (especially full-screen). Edge of Stability from Jeff Boyce on Vimeo. The spectacular video of storm development and night sky scenes with the Milky Way is the result of over 70,000 individual high resolution photos and nearly 20,000 miles of driving by Jeff Boyce. “Edge of Stability” highlights some of […]

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