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Favorite Star Patterns

Crown of the Scorpion by Dennis Chabot.
Tonight | Jul 01, 2014

Crown of the Scorpion

Three stars – Graffias, Dschubba and Pi Scorpii – make up the Scorpion’s Crown.

A NASA computer model simulates Hurricane Sandy's progression. On Oct. 29, 2012, a day before landfall, Sandy intensified into a Category 2 superstorm nearly 1,000 miles wide. Image credit: Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/William Putman
Science Wire | May 15, 2014

Dangerous storms peaking further north, south than in the past, says new study

Powerful, destructive hurricanes and typhoons are now reaching their peak intensity farther from the equator and closer to the poles, according to a new analysis.

Big Dipper via EarthSky Facebook friend Ken Christison.
Tonight | Mar 24, 2014

Big and Little Dippers: Everything you need to know

The Big Dipper is easy. And, once you find it, you can find the Little Dipper, too. Plus … learn how the stars of the Big Dipper are moving in space.

The Hyades.  Copyright Jerry Lodriguss/ AstroPix.com
Tonight | Mar 07, 2014

V-shaped Hyades star cluster easy to find

The Hyades star cluster represents the Face of Taurus the Bull. The cluster is easy to spot and beautiful in binoculars.

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Tonight | Feb 10, 2014

Winter Circle: Brightest winter stars

The Winter Circle is a big circle of brilliant stars on the dark dome of a winter night.

Vega, the Summer Triangle's brightest star, found high in the east at nightfall in June and July
Tonight | Jun 29, 2009

Summer Triangle: Vega, Deneb, Altair

During the summer months, the Summer Triangle star formation lights the sky from dusk until dawn. It consists of three bright stars: Vega in the constellation Lyra, Deneb in the constellation Cygnus, and Altair in the constellation Aquila.

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Tonight | Jun 29, 2009

Coathanger: Looks like its name

The Coathanger star cluster – also known as Brocchi’s cluster – is a tiny pattern of stars on our sky’s dome. It really looks like a coat hanger and is surprisingly easy to make out through binoculars. The trick to viewing the Coathanger is to start from the star Albireo and to star-hop to its spot in the sky.

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Tonight | Jun 29, 2009

Northern Cross: Backbone of the Milky Way

The Northern Cross isn’t one of the 88 official constellations. Instead, it’s an “asterism” or recognizable pattern of stars. It’s part of the constellation Cygnus the Swan.

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Tonight | Jun 29, 2009

Southern Cross: Signpost of southern skies

The constellation Crux – otherwise called the Southern Cross – can be seen from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere and from tropical and subtropical regions of the Northern Hemisphere.

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Tonight | Jun 29, 2009

Teapot of Sagittarius: In the direction of galaxy’s center

Two things set Sagittarius apart from all other constellations: the winter solstice sun shines in front of it, and it marks the direction to the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

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Tonight | Jun 29, 2009

Great Square of Pegasus: Easy to see

The Great Square of Pegasus consists of four stars of nearly equal brightness that make a large square pattern. It is best seen from September to March.