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How One of Science's Biggest Errors Persisted for 1,500 Years

Ptolemy's compendium, later known as the Almagest, dominated Western astronomy for 15 centuries. It was also wrong, and it took the fall of an empire to fix it.
February 28, 2024
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How to See Where Lunar X Marks the Spot on a First Quarter Moon

Many of us see a face or a rabbit in the Moon—examples of pareidolia that, when conditions are right, also include the letters X and V.
February 15, 2024
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groundhog day

Imbolc, Groundhog Day, and Brigantia All Celebrate the Coming Spring

Whatever you call it, early February's cross-quarter day reconnects us with ancient astronomical timekeeping traditions.
January 30, 2024
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wondersky

Scotland's Ancient Stone Circles Mark Our Deep Connection to the Moon

Unlike Sun-focused Stonehenge and other megalithic monuments, Tomnaverie and similar stone circles hint at the Moon's importance to ancient people.
January 17, 2024
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Where Did the 12 Days of Christmas Come From?

The answer is the Moon.
December 13, 2023
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A Holiday Gift Guide for Winter Stargazing and More

From telescopes to fun and functional hats, we've got ideas for every astro-enthusiast in your life this giving season.
November 29, 2023
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In October, Our Night Sky is Full of Scary Stories

Stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere can find the demon star Algol, a murdered monster, and victims of vengeful gods.
October 25, 2023
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During an Annular Eclipse, Look to the Shadows

While some people in the Western Hemisphere will witness a "ring of fire" during the eclipse, many more will experience the phenomenon of crescent sunlight.
October 11, 2023
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cosmos

The Milky Way's Heart Is Disappearing—For Now

For most of us, the next few weeks are our last chance to glimpse our galaxy's center, before the sun gets in the way.
September 27, 2023
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cosmos

Mercury Retrograde Is Ending, and It’s Up to You How to Feel About It

The first planet from the Sun doesn't influence your love life or your luck, but it can help foster a cosmic connection.
September 13, 2023
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Is It a Super Blue Moon or a Blue Supermoon?

Whatever you call it, this week's full moon is particularly rare—we won't see one again until 2037.
August 28, 2023
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planetariums

Saturn at Opposition Is an Unforgettable Stargazing Experience

The ringed planet will be at its closest point to Earth, and opposite the sun, this weekend.
August 23, 2023
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cosmos

A Cosmos of Contemplation Awaits the Mindful Stargazer

The night sky offers a path to both scientific understanding and being present in the universe.
August 16, 2023
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meteors

The Perseid Meteor Shower Is Summer's Best Show

Here's what you need to know about witnessing the annual August event, when Earth passes through a comet's castoffs.
August 9, 2023
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galaxy

Stargazing in a Multi-Sensory Universe

Sight is only one of the senses we can use to explore space. Welcome to multi-messenger astronomy.
August 2, 2023
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family

Stargazing With Kids Is Fun, Free, and Full of Possibility

Stay up way past bedtime with us to explore new worlds of wonder with a child's-eye view.
July 26, 2023
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A Beginner's Guide to Finding Your Way in the Heavens

It's easy to identify planets, stars, and even galaxies once you know where to look for them.
July 19, 2023
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auroras

Auroras Are the Sun's Special Nighttime Light Show

As our day star enters its most active period, look for more opportunities to catch these spectral northern (and southern) lights. Here's how.
July 11, 2023
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Spot the ISS and Other Satellites in Our Busy Night Skies

The International Space Station and a growing number of communications satellites have redefined humans' view of the heavens.
July 5, 2023
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astrology

Just How Super Is The Coming Supermoon?

July's full moon will be thousands of miles closer to us than usual. Learn how to measure it with your hand.
June 28, 2023
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solstice

At Solstice, the Summer Triangle Is Full of Celestial Drama

On the Northern Hemisphere's shortest night of the year, spot this trio of bright stars with stories to tell.
June 21, 2023
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constellations

Watch the Beehive Cluster and Venus Dance in the Night Sky

Summer is the time to spot a group of "sibling stars" observed for millennia. Use our gear guide to get started.
June 14, 2023
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How to See Venus and Mars in the Summer Sky

Our nearest planetary neighbors can help you map your place in the solar system.
June 7, 2023
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The Strawberry Moon Marks a Sweet Start to Summer

Here's why you should welcome this most lovely of full moons—and how to experience it.
May 31, 2023