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2011
What's Up for December
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December 2011
Here's a mission recap and lots of planets to view.
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Jupiter Joins the Moon - Dec. 5-6, 2011
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November 2011
Step outside this week and watch the moon glide by Jupiter!
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What's Up for November
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November 2011
What's Up for November: magnetospheres and a Mars rover launch.
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What's Up for October
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October 2011
Look for moons and meteors this month!
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What's Up for September
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September 2011
Enjoy a tour of lunar landing sites as NASA's GRAIL mission launches to the moon this month.
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What's Up for August
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August 2011
What's Up for August? Windy Saturn and Jupiter, and the Juno mission launch.
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Party with the Planets in August
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27 July 2011
This month you can spot all four of the gas giants spanning the sky from sunset until dawn.
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What's Up for July
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July 2011
This month you can learn about asteroids, and see Vesta, as the Dawn spacecraft closes in.
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What's Up for June
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June 2011
The early solar system was a messy place and asteroids, moons and planets frequently collided. These collisions and impacts left scars we can see.
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What's Up for May
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May 2011
All month long watch four planets and the moon gather just before sunrise.
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What's Up for April
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April 2011
Use the Big Dipper to find Saturn this month.
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What's Up for March
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1 March 2011
Observe the sun and Mercury this month while celebrating the Messenger spacecraft's Mercury orbit insertion on March 18 and Sun-Earth day on March 19.
Image credit: By Deirdre Kelleghan, painting inspired by SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory)
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The Crescent Moon
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23 February 2011
Have you ever wondered why the crescent moon looks like a smile in the winter and spring and like a backwards "C" in the summer and fall?
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What's Up for February
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February 2011
What's Up for February? Jupiter at sunset, Saturn at midnight and cosmic couples.
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Demoted Constellation Lives on as the Radiant of the January Quadrantids
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1 January 2011
Most meteor showers radiate from a recognizable constellation. What's up with the January Quadrantids? Where do you find their constellation? In Quadrans Muralis, a demoted constellation.
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What's Up for January
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January 2011
The January Quadrantids could be the best meteor shower of the year.
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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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