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Shireen Gonzaga

What is a supermoon? And when, in 2022?

There will be a full supermoon on May 16, June 14, July 13, and August 12 for 2022. This year also has 3 new supermoons.

Venus brightest for 2021 around December 3

Look for Venus brightest in the sky in late November and early December of 2021. Look for it west after sunset on a clear night. You can't miss it!

Audubon Christmas Bird Count starts December 14

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count, held each winter, is one of the longest-running community science projects. You can help collect important data about birds.

Surtsey, volcanic island, emerged in 1963

On November 14, 1963, volcanic island Surtsey rose from the sea. Scientists have since studied the natural colonization of plants and animals on it.

Delta Cephei helps measure cosmic distances

Delta Cephei is an inconspicuous variable star in the northern constellation Cepheus the King. This star helps establish the cosmic distance scale.

Alpha Cephei, a fast-spinning star

Alpha Cephei, in the constellation Cepheus the King, is a bit of an enigma. It’s spinning so fast that it appears like a slightly flattened beach ball.

Why 61 Cygni is nicknamed Flying Star

Compared to other stars, 61 Cygni moves quite rapidly against the background of more distant stars, revealing its proximity to Earth.

See Mira the Wonderful at its brightest

Catch elusive wonderful Mira, a famous variable star in the constellation Cetus, at its maximum brightness in August 2021. Now you see it ... now you don't!

Exquisite Albireo, a much-loved double star

Albireo, in the constellation Cygnus the Swan, is a favorite among stargazers. Through a small telescope, it appears as a stunning gold star with a dimmer blue companion.

The Scorpion’s Crown and its stellar neighborhood

Bright red Antares, and the 3 stars of the Scorpion's Crown, belong to a young group of stars called the Scorpius-Centaurus Association.