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2018’s closest new supermoon on July 13

The closest new moon of 2018 – a supermoon – comes on July 13. You won’t see it, but Earth’s oceans will feel it. Then, 2 weeks later, we have the year’s farthest full moon.

From Pluto, Earth to transit sun on July 12

Earth transits seen from Pluto are rare. The last one happened in 1931, a year after Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto. It won’t happen again for 161 years.

Northern Cross: Backbone of Milky Way

On summer evenings, look for this star pattern in the east, sideways to the horizon.

Heads up! It’s a month of eclipses

Partial solar eclipse July 13. Total lunar eclipse July 27. Partial solar eclipse August 11.

How often are there 3 eclipses in a month?

In a calendar month, 3 eclipses are rare. But in a lunar month, 3 eclipses are are more common. From 2000-2050, it happens 14 times.

Why no eclipse every full and new moon?

In 2018, there are 13 full moons and 12 new moons, but only 5 eclipses – 2 lunar and 3 solar.

See it! Tuesday’s moon near Aldebaran

Aldebaran represents the fiery red eye of the Bull in the constellation Taurus. Check out these dramatic photos of the moon and Aldebaran close, on Tuesday morning.

Heads up on July 2019 total solar eclipse

A 5-minute video from the European Southern Observatory on the 2019 eclipse in South America and the South Pacific. Eclipse map, and more.

EarthSky’s 2018 meteor shower guide

Bad news. In 2018, moonlight will obscure the Delta Aquarid’s nominal peak in late July. Good news! The Delta Aquarids will still be flying at the moon-free Perseid meteor shower peak in early August.

When’s the next total solar eclipse for North America?

On August 21, 2017, millions across the U.S. witnessed an awe-inspiring total solar eclipse. When will we see the next one?