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What's Up for December
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December 2009
The Orion Nebula is easy to find, and it's one of the most beautiful objects to observe through a telescope. You can see it with your unaided eye, too, even from the city.
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Hunting Leonids
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19 November 2009
Jane Houston Jones gives a first-hand account of hunting meteors aboard a special jet during the Leonid Meteor Storm of 1999.
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What's Up for November
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November 2009
This month, see a supernova remnant and the Leonid Meteor shower.
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What's Up for October
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October 2009
This month you can see the Andromeda Galaxy, the Milky Way and Jupiter. And for Halloween a late night orange treat, Mars!
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What's Up for September
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September 2009
This month we're showcasing the planet Jupiter, and we'll be telling you about Juno -- a mission to Jupiter that launches in 2011.
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What's Up for August
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August 2009
Have you ever wondered what makes the cosmic fireworks called meteor showers? Meteor showers are just the debris of a passing comet or sometimes the debris from a fragmented asteroid.
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What's Up for July
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July 2009
Galileo drew the stars using four different sizes to distinguish their different brightnesses, and he published his findings in 1610. Today, spacecraft and orbiting telescopes join ground-based observers to learn more about our galaxy.
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What's Up for June
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June 2009
Look up this month and see hundreds of thousands of ancient stars, all held together by gravity. It's the Hercules Globular Cluster - M-13!
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What's Up for May
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May 2009
The brightest object around gets our attention this month as we take in the sun. Visit with solar observers past and present.
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What's Up for April
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April 2009
Take a tour of the Whirlpool galaxy, with views from early astronomers and NASA space telescopes.
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What's Up for March
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March 2009
Saturn takes center stage this month. Learn how the ringed world has been observed through history.
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What's Up for February
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February 2009
What's Up for February? Take a step back in time and see how astronomers like Galileo studied the moon.
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What's Up for January
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January 2009
What's Up for January? Earth's sister planet, Venus! It's the first celestial object featured during the 2009 International Year of Astronomy.
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About: Jane Houston Jones
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Jane is an astronomer, NASA science podcast developer, writer, educational and outreach artisan and social media enthusiast. She and her husband have an asteroid (22338 Janemojo) named after them.
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