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Deborah Byrd

Venus is a crescent now, too

Telescopes reveal that Venus is now waning to a thin crescent phase, as it prepares to pass between the Earth and sun on March 25, 2017. Photos here.

SpaceX to send 2 people around moon

SpaceX’s Elon Musk would not name the 2 private citizens who approached the company with an offer to pay for a flight around the moon and back.

Watch for young moon and Venus

Fresh from Sunday’s eclipse, the moon is now waxing, visible after sunset, sweeping up past Venus and Mars in the evening twilight sky.

Storm chasers honor Bill Paxton

An amazing several-state tribute – stretching across Tornado Alley – honoring Twister star Bill Paxton, who died Sunday due to complications from heart surgery.

Favorite photos: Ring of fire eclipse

The annular – or ring of fire – eclipse was visible from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere. Photos here!

What is the zodiacal light?

The zodiacal light is an eerie light extending up from the horizon. Late winter/early spring is a great time to see it.

New moon is February 26

And it’ll cause an eclipse. Read more about the upcoming new moon – and find links to info about Sunday’s “ring of fire” eclipse – here.

This date in science: Supernova 1987A

Supernova 1987A first appeared in earthly skies 30 years ago today. It was the closest observed supernova since 1604.

Ice circles in Syracuse, New York

You need slow-moving currents, moving in circular eddies, to form ice circles, and you need just the right air and water temperature. So they’re rare!

Hare and Dove at Orion’s feet

Lepus the Hare and Columba the Dove are 2 faint constellations near the easy-to-find constellation Orion. You need a dark sky to see them.