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Apr 3, 2014 12:45 PM ET // Mark Thompson
On April 8, Mars will be at opposition in the night sky -- here's how you can get the best astronomical viewing opportunities.
Mar 19, 2014 06:00 AM ET // Mark Thompson
In the early hours of Thursday morning, asteroid 163 Erigone will pass directly in front of the bright star Regulus, blocking it from view -- and if you live on the U.S. East Coast, you can watch it happen!
Feb 10, 2014 06:20 PM ET // Joe Rao, Skywatching Columnist
If your sky is clear tonight (Feb. 10), be sure to check out the southeast sky about an hour or so after sundown for an eye-catching site: Jupiter and the moon shining together.
Feb 7, 2014 02:59 PM ET // Mark Thompson
John Dobson, inventor of the Dobsonian mount for telescopes, passed away at the age of 98 in January, but he left behind a wonderful legacy for modern amateur astronomers.
Jan 29, 2014 03:22 PM ET // Mark Thompson
The Discovery News 'Telescope Primer' for carefree stargazing... and less frustration during those chilly nights.
Dec 6, 2013 02:10 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
With the sad demise of Comet ISON fresh in our minds, it's worth remembering that there's plenty more (and perhaps more impressive) lumps of space ice where that came from.
Dec 2, 2013 02:55 PM ET // Mark Thompson
For those who understand the Cosmos, or at least part of it, hold the key to explaining some wonderful sights.
Nov 20, 2013 01:04 PM ET // Mark Thompson
It may or may not become the 'Comet of the Century' but Comet ISON is certainly a delight to see in the night sky. Here's how you can see the icy visitor before it makes close approach with the sun.
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