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StarDate Radio: October 20 — New Names

Upsilon Andromedae might not dazzle the eye, but one fact really makes it sparkle: It’s one of the brightest stars in the night sky known to have four or more planets. More »

StarDate Radio: October 19 — Orionid Meteors

A thin but reliable meteor shower is at its best the next couple of nights. More »

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Stargazing: October 19

The thin but reliable Orionid meteor shower is at its best the next couple of nights. The view is best in the wee hours of the morning, when you might see a dozen or so “shooting stars” per hour. More »

StarDate Radio: October 18 — Meteor Showers

Mars is low in the southwest as night falls. More »

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Stargazing: October 18

The Orionid meteor shower will strafe Earth over the next few nights. It should be at its best tomorrow and Monday nights, although you might see a few outliers tonight as well. The shower is best viewed in the wee hours of the morning. More »

StarDate Radio: October 17 — Close to Mars II

The fleet of Mars-orbiting spacecraft will hide behind the Red Planet on Sunday morning. More »

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Stargazing: October 17

Big constellations with big stories populate the late-evening eastern sky. Around 11 p.m., look for Taurus, the bull; Cetus, the sea monster, and Eridanus, the river. They all cover large regions of the sky and include several fairly bright stars. More »

StarDate Radio: October 16 — Close to Mars

Mars is about to dodge a big snowball — a comet that will swing just 82,000 miles above the planet’s surface on Sunday. More »

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Stargazing: October 16

Comet Siding Spring will swing 82,000 miles above Mars on Sunday, which is just a third of the distance between Earth and the Moon. Mars is low in the southwest at nightfall. The comet should be visible through binoculars as it passes Mars. More »

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