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Lunar New Year 2022 heralds the Year of the Tiger

The Lunar New Year begins with the new moon on February 1, 2022. This year is the Year of the Tiger. The celebration ends with the Lantern Festival.

Venus brightest for 2022 around now

Look for Venus brightest in the sky in early 2022. See it at greatest brilliancy February 9. Check for this shining planet in the eastern morning sky.

Asteroid 2022 AE1 poses no danger to Earth

Newly discovered Asteroid 2022 AE1 was temporarily at level 1 on the Torino scale. Now it's off the list entirely. Why? Why didn't astronomers know?.

Voyager 2 met Uranus on January 24, 1986

Voyager 2 met Uranus on January 24, 1986. The spacecraft sent data that revealed 2 new rings, 10 new moons, radiation belts, and a very unusual magnetic field.

Webb set to arrive at its final destination, L2

The James Webb Space Telescope launched December 25, 2021. It successfully unfolded and is on its way to L2, where it will begin its science mission.

Which spiral arm of the Milky Way holds our sun?

The sun is about half the distance from the center of the Milky Way galaxy to its outer edges, located in a smaller spiral arm, the Orion Arm.

Lake-effect snow: What is it? Why does it happen?

Interview with Tom Niziol, a longtime meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service in Buffalo, New York, about lake-effect snow.

Video: Shielded versus unshielded lighting

A new video gives a dramatic demonstration of shielded versus unshielded lighting. Remember to buy outdoor lighting that preserves our night skies.

January birthstone: the garnet

Garnets, the January birthstone, are often thought to be red gemstones. But they also come in yellow, green, orange, brown and black.

Mercury’s greatest evening elongation January 7

Mercury's greatest evening elongation will come on January 7. That makes this week a great time to spot Mercury in the west after sunset.