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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 5, 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.

November 15, 2012

The best viewing for this year's Leonid meteor shower will be several hours before dawn on November 17, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.

October 18, 2012

As it does each year, early fall brings crisper air, turning leaves, and the Orionid meteor shower. This year’s best viewing will be in the several hours around midnight October 20 and before dawn on October 21, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.

May 18, 2012

The Sun and Moon will team up to produce a brilliant ring of fire across the western United States on the afternoon of May 20, known as an annular solar eclipse, according to the editors of StarDate magazine. The eclipse occurs because the Moon will pass directly between Earth and Sun, covering the Sun's disk. The Moon will be near its farthest point from Earth, however, so it won't be quite big enough to cover the entire disk. Instead, a thin ring of sunlight will encircle the Moon.

November 15, 2011

The best viewing for this year's Leonid meteor shower will be several hours before dawn on November 17 and 18, according to the editors of StarDate magazine. However, the rising of the half-full Moon coincides with the shower and will likely wash out all but the brightest meteors.

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