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When you head outdoors tonight, take Sky & Telescope's podcast with you for a guided tour to the night sky. Learn what constellations are visible, find out where and when you'll see the planets, and catch each month's celestial highlights, from meteor showers to eclipses.
  1. The Moon got bonked by a space rock during Sunday's total lunar eclipse. Take a look!

    The post A Space Rock Strikes Moon During the Total Lunar Eclipse appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  2. So far, humans have sent five probes into space that are or will go far beyond the solar system: the Pioneers, the Voyagers, and New Horizons. As an exercise in fun, here's how you can find those probes' locations on the sky.

    The post How to “See” Interstellar Space Probes appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  3.   Friday, January 18 • Zero-magnitude Capella on high, and equally bright Rigel in Orion's foot, have almost the same right ascension. This means they cross your sky’s meridian at almost exactly the same time: around 9 or 10 p.m. now, depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone. So, whenever Capella passes its very highest, Rigel always marks true south over your landscape, and […]

    The post This Week’s Sky at a Glance, January 18 – 26 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  4. We peek ahead to see what comets await in 2019. Bright ones will be sparse, but several nice objects, including Comet Iwamoto (C/2018 Y1) and Comet Africano (C/2018 W2), will keep things lively.

    The post Comets to Catch in 2019 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  5. A special edition of our Sky Tour astronomy podcast provides you with a guided tour of the key events that will occur during this coming weekend's total lunar eclipse.

    The post A Guided Tour of January’s Total Lunar Eclipse appeared first on Sky & Telescope.