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Spectacular! Moon and Venus before dawn July 24 Read more
Tonight | Jul 23, 2014

Spectacular! Moon and Venus before dawn July 24

Don’t miss the night sky’s two brightest objects – the moon and Venus – in the east before sunup Thursday morning.

Young moon of March 31, 2014 by Ken Christison.
Tonight | Jul 22, 2014

Longest lunar month of 2014 starts on August 25

The longest lunar month of 2014 will start August 25 and end September 24. All you need to know about the varying lengths of the lunar months, here.

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Tonight | Jul 21, 2014

Saturn stationary – moon near Aldebaran – on July 21-22

At evening, Saturn shines in front of Libra, close to star Zubenelgenubi. Waning moon before dawn is strikingly near star Aldebaran, moving toward planets Venus and Mercury in the coming mornings.

Meteor seen during 2013 Eta Aquarid shower by Justin Ng
Tonight | Jul 17, 2014

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2014

It’s time for what we in the N. Hemisphere consider our best time of year to watch meteors. Learn when and where to catch shooting stars!

Stars Eltanin and Rastaban, near bright star Vega
Tonight | Jul 16, 2014

Stars of the week: Eltanin and Rastaban are the Dragon’s eyes

On summer nights, two famous stars down from high in the northern sky. Eltanin and Rastaban represent the fiery Eyes of the constellation Draco the Dragon.

Skywatcher, by Predrag Agatonovic.
Tonight | Jul 14, 2014

July 2014 guide to the five visible planets

By mid-July, Jupiter is gone. As darkness falls, Mars and star Spica are closest together for 2014, with Saturn nearby. Venus and Mercury east before dawn.

Expect high tides around Jan. 1 and 30, 2014
FAQs | Jul 12, 2014

What is a supermoon?

The year 2014 has a total of five supermoons. They are the two new moons of January, and the full moons of July, August and September. Everything you need to know here.

Image credit: Stefano Sciarpetti
Tonight | Jul 12, 2014

July 12 full moon first of 3 full-moon supermoons in 2014

The full moon on July 12 ushers in the first of three full-moon supermoons in 2014.

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Tonight | Jul 11, 2014

July supermoon, dwarf planet Pluto and New Horizons spacecraft all in Sagittarius tonight

The spacecraft is called New Horizons. It’s been winging its way toward Pluto since 2006, due to sweep closest to Pluto in July of 2015.

Solar eclipse November 3, 2013 by Ken Christison
Tonight | Jul 10, 2014

Dates of lunar and solar eclipses in 2014 and 2015

The next eclipse is a total eclipse of the full moon – the Northern Hemisphere’s full Hunter’s Moon – on the night of October 7-8, 2014.