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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. Inspired by a "Sun, Moon & Planets" column, the author spent the spring of 2017 tracking Venus's retrograde motion across the sky, exploring the relationship between the orbits of Venus and the Earth pointed out by Copernicus.

    The post Tracking Venus’s Retrograde Motion appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  2. Arizona comet hunter Don Machholz did it again! He discovered his 12th comet only two mornings ago. Set your alarm, grab your scope, and take a look.

    The post Amateur Don Machholz Discovers His 12th Comet! (Updated) appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  3. The "star" glowing upper left of the crescent Moon during and after dusk tonight (November 10) is Saturn, currently 4,075 times farther away. Far to its upper left, Mars shines brighter.

    The post This Week’s Sky at a Glance, November 9 – 17 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  4. Comets, meteors, and Moon: Share the night sights that are coming our way!

    The post Three Upcoming Sky Events We Can All Share appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  5. Friday, November 2 • Look for Capella sparkling low in the northeast these evenings. About three fists at arm's length to Capella's right, look for the fingertip-sided Pleiades cluster. They're early markers of the cold months to come. Above the space between them are the stars of Perseus, astride the Milky Way. Saturday, November 3 • Mars shines in the south after dark. Look barely 1° east (left) of it […]

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