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What's Up for December
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December 2013
Check this out: bright planets, a Comet ISON status report plus wintery starry sights.
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What's Up with ISON -- Nov 24-26 Viewing Guide
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22 November 2013
The next few days will be the last opportunity to view comet ISON before its close approach to the sun on November 28th. Here's where to look about on the SE horizon an hour before dawn.
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What's Up for November
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November 2013
MAVEN launches to Mars and Comet ISON should be visible before dawn.
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Comet ISON Spotted in Binoculars by Sharp-eyed Amateur Astronomers
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31 October 2013
Comet ISON has finally been spotted in 10 x 50 binoculars! The magnitude reported in the observations I have seen put the comet at about magnitude 9.5.
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Comet ISON Update
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29 October 2013
Two months have gone by since Comet ISON was reaquired by amateur astronomer [[link]] in mid-August. Here's a viewing chart for the rest of October, plus news about viewing the comet.
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Spooky Halloween Observing - 2013 edition
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22 October 2013
It's Halloween! Here are my favorite spooky named objects. Some are tricks and all are treats! The galaxies and nebulae will require a dark sky, but the lunar features and double stars are city observing targets. Have fun observing!
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What's Up for October
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18 October 2013
Check out Juno's Earth flyby, International Observe the Moon Night and how to view the moon's far side.
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What's Up with Comet ISON: September 26 update
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September 2013
If you have ever tried to view a faint comet through a telescope, or tried to photograph one, you know it takes some practice. The time to view comet ISON is during the hour or so before dawn.
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What's Up for September
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September 2013
A nighttime lunar launch, comet ISON is spotted again,and the moon meets up with Saturn, Venus, Mars and Jupiter.
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What's Up for August
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1 August 2013
This month: The Perseids and a Comet ISON update
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What's Up for July
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July 2013
Wave at Saturn as the Cassini spacecraft takes a picture of Earth.
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What Up for June
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June 2013
This month, view a planetary trio at sunset, and catch a view of Asteroid 1998QE2 plus the five brightest asteroids.
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What's Up for May
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May 2013
Spring constellations yield science targets you can see.
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What's Up for April
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April 2013
Bright, golden Saturn rises in the late evening early in the month. Look low in the southeast below Virgo's bright star Spica.
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Iapetus: East Is Least and West Is Best
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April 2013
Saturn's moon Iapetus is a challenging but fun observing project when the Saturn system is in our evening skies.
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Still Time to See Comet PanSTARRS
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April 2013
If you thought you had missed a glimpse of Comet PanSTARRS when it became visible to northern hemisphere observers around March 10, don't worry, it's still visible with binoculars!
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What's Up for March
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March 2013
The first of this year's two potential bright comets is visible for those who can see low on the western horizon, and find out which spacecraft is on a 10-year mission to catch up with another comet.
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What's Up for February?
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1 February 2013
On February 15 a small asteroid named 2012 DA-14 will whiz by, only 17,200 miles from Earth. It doesn't pose any threat to us, but it is sure to create a buzz around the world.
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What's Up for January
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January 2013
It's easy and fun to find planets when they're next to the moon.
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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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