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Sky Spy: Coming: a stellar pre-dawn show

The morning sky is gorgeous this time of year, giving us a glimpse of our coming winter evenings.

August 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sky Spy: Let moon guide you to Antares re two lines

There is currently a waxing (growing larger) gibbous (more than half lit) moon, which will be full next Tuesday.

August 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sky Spy: Look at the sky, then the fireworks

Today is July 4, Independence Day, a national day of celebration. Go out and enjoy the early evening after sunset - and before the fireworks start.

July 04, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sky Spy: Gemini, Lyre, Hercules all visible

Sunset tonight is 7:28. If you look toward the west at 8 as the twilight is darkening, you will find ever brilliant Venus nine degrees above the horizon.

June 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sky Spy: Venus, Mercury, Jupiter still together

The spectacular grouping of Venus, Mercury, and Jupiter in the evening sky after sunset will continue to delight us.

May 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sky Spy: More time to savor planetary dance

Last week I talked about the spectacular grouping of Venus, Jupiter and Mercury in the evening sky after sunset.

May 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sky Spy: Venus returns to the night sky

Moon Watch

May 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sky Spy: Look north, find 2 stars with hard-to-spell names

Tonight look toward the southeast around 9 p.m. to see the bright full moon low in the sky. Saturn will just above it.

April 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sky Spy: Hydra the Snake spans southern sky

Now is a good time to see one of the largest constellations in the sky and one of the few constellations that actually looks like what it is supposed to represent - Hydra the Water Snake.

April 04, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sky Spy: Moon, Saturn, Arcturus and Spica illuminate sky

The moon is always impressive, whether viewed with the naked eye or with binoculars or a small telescope. It constantly acts as a pointer to other celestial objects of interest.

March 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Sky Spy: Equinox marks spring's official start

Sky Spy: Equinox marks spring's official start

Tim Hunter took this photo of Comet PANSTAARS near the crescent moon last week. He used a 135 mm lens on a Nikon digital camera.

March 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Sky Spy: Equinox marks spring's official start

Sky Spy: Equinox marks spring's official start

Spring officially began Wednesday at 4:02 a.m. Tucson time. This brief moment in time is officially known as the spring or vernal equinox.

March 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sky Spy: Moon anchors impressive grouping

Moon Watch

March 14, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sky Spy: This comet won't be coming back

Moon Watch

March 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sky Spy: Time is ripe to catch zodiacal light

Moon Watch

February 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sky Spy: Moon will be a good pointer for stars

The moon will be in the east in the late afternoon sky, and grow more prominent as the sun gets lower in the west.

February 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sky spy: Look south for two brightest stars in the sky

It is midwinter and often cold after sunset, but this is a good time to enjoy the two brightest stars in the sky - Sirius and Canopus.

February 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sky spy: Go hunting for Orion in the south tonight

Take some time tonight to enjoy the early evening winter sky, especially Orion the Hunter, which is the grandest constellation in the sky.

January 31, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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