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Jul 17, 2015 03:00 AM ET // Geoff Gaherty, Space.com
On the evening of Saturday (July 18) the crescent moon, as it moves eastward across the sky, will appear to pass directly below the crescent planet Venus, which itself is moving westward across the sky.
Jun 29, 2015 01:56 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
For the next few nights, be sure to make a special effort to go outside at twilight and look West -- if you live in the Northern Hemisphere and have clear skies.
May 11, 2015 07:00 AM ET // Joe Rao, SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist
The 'elusive planet' Mercury kicks off the month in the midst of its best evening apparition of 2015. But Mercury isn't the only visible planet this month.
Apr 22, 2015 04:41 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Today is Earth Day, so what better way to celebrate our beautiful planet and its place in the cosmos by watching some natural fireworks tonight.
Apr 21, 2015 02:00 PM ET // Joe Rao, SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist
This evening will be another one of those special occasions when the two brightest objects in the night sky — the moon and a Venus — will get together and, weather permitting, will attract a lot of attention, even to those who normally do not spend much time in gazing up at the sky.
Feb 16, 2015 11:00 AM ET // Irene Klotz
Amateur astronomers gazing at Mars discovered gigantic plumes soaring more than 125 miles above the planet’s surface, a phenomenon that so far defies explanation.
Jan 15, 2015 01:51 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
On Jan. 26, astronomers will be keeping their eyes peeled for a large space rock that is due to make a fast dash past the Earth-moon system.
Jan 8, 2015 06:02 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Comet Lovejoy can be easily spotted using binoculars or small telescope, but this is what it looks like up close!
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