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Meteor via Cumbrian Sky
Blogs | Tonight | Apr 16, 2014

Start looking for Lyrid meteors!

The Lyrid meteor shower’s peak morning is April 22, but you might see meteors before that date since we’re crossing the Lyrid meteor stream from about April 16 to 25.

Image Credit: Mariom990
FAQs | Videos | Apr 15, 2014

Why don’t planets twinkle like stars do?

Seen from Earth, stars twinkle while planets shine steadily. Why?

Artist's concept of worlds in space
Blogs | Apr 14, 2014

Why is Mars near the moon on eclipse night?

A total eclipse moon has to happen at full moon. Outer planets are always near the full moon in their month of opposition. Mars reached opposition April 8 …

Lunar eclipse illustration courtesy of Luc Viatour
FAQs | Apr 14, 2014

What is a Blood Moon?

A lunar tetrad – four total lunar eclipses in a row – begins on the night of April 14-15. People are calling it a Blood Moon eclipse. Here’s why.

Times for the total lunar eclipse on Tuesday morning, April 15, in Eastern Daylight Time.  Chart by Fred Espenak.  Used with permission.
Today's Image | Apr 13, 2014

Times in EDT for Tuesday morning’s total eclipse of moon

Save this chart! It’s the times in Eastern Daylight Time for Tuesday morning’s total eclipse of the moon.

Credit: Peter Wienerroither
Tonight | Apr 12, 2014

Brightest Mars in six years on eclipse night

Earth passed between Mars and the sun on April 8. Our two worlds are closest on April 14. On that night, Mars is near the moon at the time of a total eclipse!

April 10, 2014 moon via Vegastar Carpentier.
Today's Image | Apr 11, 2014

Moon waxing toward total eclipse

As seen from around the world, the moon is waxing toward full. On the night of April 14-15, those in the Americas will see a total lunar eclipse.

Artist's illustration via NASA/JPL-Caltech
Science Wire | Apr 10, 2014

Astronomers may have spotted the first exomoon!

If it’s true this distant planet has a moon, the moon would weigh less than Earth, and the planet would be more massive than Jupiter.

During a total lunar eclipse, the moon looks red.
FAQs | Apr 10, 2014

How to watch a total eclipse of the moon

A total lunar eclipse is one of the most dramatic and beautiful – and easiest-to-view – of all astronomical events. There’s one coming up on the night of April 14-15.

View larger. | Antelope Canyon at night by Sergio Garcia Rill.   Visit Sergio's website and read more about this adventure.
Today's Image | Apr 10, 2014

Night sky from Antelope Canyon in Arizona

The night sky through the high walls and narrow opening of Upper Antelope Canyon in Arizona.