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November 12, 2014

A “streaky” meteor shower will be at its best before dawn on Monday, November 17, according to the editors of StarDate magazine. Unfortunately, this won’t be one of its better years, as the partially illuminated Moon will wash out some of the meteors. Even so, the Leonid meteor shower should produce a “shooting star” every few minutes.

October 21, 2014

The afternoon sky will get a little darker than normal for most of the United States Thursday. That’s because there’s a partial solar eclipse, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.

October 17, 2014

Mars is about to dodge a big snowball — a comet that will swing just 82,000 miles above the planet’s surface on Sunday, according to the editors of StarDate magazine. That’s just a third of the distance between Earth and the Moon, so it’s quite a close call. Comet Siding Spring will not be visible from Earth with the unaided eye, but it will be a spectacular sight under the dark Martian sky. It could even spawn a short but brilliant meteor shower caused by the dust grains plunging into the Martian atmosphere.

October 6, 2014

American skywatchers get a rare treat early October 8 — the second total lunar eclipse of the year, according to the editors of StarDate magazine. The entire “total” phase of the eclipse is visible across all but a narrow strip of the East Coast.

April 11, 2014

A total lunar eclipse will grace skies across the United States several hours before dawn on Tuesday, April 15, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.

December 9, 2013

The Geminid meteor shower will be at its best after dark on Friday, December 13, and before dawn on Saturday, December 14, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.

November 13, 2013

A comet that’s caused a lot of excitement is racing toward a close encounter with the Sun on Thanksgiving Day, according to the editors of StarDate magazine. Comet ISON will pass about 700,000 miles above the Sun before whipping around and heading back toward deep space — if it survives. If it does, the comet could easily be visible to the unaided eye for a few weeks after the encounter.

August 4, 2013

The Perseid meteor shower will put on its best show on the nights of August 11 and 12, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.

May 20, 2013

The two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, will help you find a fainter one, Mercury, as all three shine together in the western twilight about half an hour after sunset Saturday and for a few days after, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.

March 8, 2013

The best views of comet C/2011 L4, better known as PANSTARRS for the survey that discovered it, will grace the early evening sky by the second week of March, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.

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