NASA Night Sky Network
01/21/2017 at 06:52. Facebook
Finally shipping out astronomy outreach award pins to clubs! So many pins to pack...but so worth it to recognize the great work amateur astronomers do in bringing the stars to their communities!
You can help choose where NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter will take its next pictures of Jupiter!

Public to Choose Jupiter Picture Sites for NASA Juno
Skywatching can happen both day and night! There are some objects you can observe during the day: the Sun (with proper protection, of course) and the Moon can both be easily seen during daylight. But did you know that at times you can see Venus (a few of you may have seen it recently right before sunset, for example)? Or other objects? Find out more at EarthSky !

10 surprising space objects to see in the daytime sky |
NASA Night Sky Network
01/18/2017 at 16:55. Facebook
Plan your stargazing with help from our Night Sky Planner page, featuring daily stargazing updates from EarthSky, weather forecasts, Sun and Moon data, and links to many more handy resources for skywatchers! Check it out at the link below.

Night Sky Planner | Night Sky Network
NASA Night Sky Network
01/16/2017 at 02:38. Facebook
More skywatching tips this week from Astronomy Magazine: After brilliant Venus sets, look for bright Jupiter to rise late in the evening in theeast; keep your eyes peeled for a gibbous Moon nearby Jupiter on the 18th. Also-see if you can spot Mercury in the early morning skies, right before sunrise in the east. More tips and fun objects to spot can be found in their weekly guide at the link...
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The Sky This Week for January 13 to 22 |
NASA Night Sky Network
01/14/2017 at 01:07. Facebook
Check out the amazingly bright Venus after Sunset, track the gibbous Moon, and spy the constellations around Orion and more in this week's Sky at a Glance feature from Sky & Telescope

This Week's Sky at a Glance, January 13 – 21 - Sky & Telescope
Discover how the beautiful color images from professional observatories like Hubble, Kitt Peak, and others are created in our member's webinar with Dr. Travis Rector below!

NSN Webinar: Coloring the Universe with Dr. Travis Rector

NSN members joined Dr. Travis Rector for a webinar on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, who shared how we have come to see the universe in color. Dr. Rector deta...

Discover some pretty intense facts about the red giant star Betelgeuse - a true workaholic amongst stars! It's rapid consumption of its own stellar due via fusion means it's not long for this Universe, and will one day die in a violent supernova! Find out more about Betelgeuse, including how to spot it in the sky, and some great extra NASA science and activities, in January's Universe...
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Universe Discovery Guide for January: Betelgeuse, the Workaholic Red Supergiant | Night Sky Network
You can look at Mars from Earth with a telescope and catch a few fleeting features on its red disc, but what about the reverse? NASA just imaged Earth and our Moon from Mars orbit with the HiRISE camera system on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter!

Earth and Its Moon, as Seen From Mars
Break out that new telescope or pair of binoculars and explore the Hyades and Pleiades star clusters up close - and try to catch a comet! This video guide from Eyes on the Sky helps show you where to look and what to expect.

Eyes on the Sky: The Hyades and Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova A telescope is not the only tool in amateur astronomer's visual arsenal. Binoculars are an important component for observing, as they pr...

Try to spot Uranus with binoculars or a telescope tonight, near the Moon! EarthSky has the details and more charts to help you spot the elusive blue-green planet - even after the Moon has left its handy position.

How to locate planet Uranus |
Happy solstice everyone! While today may be the shortest day of the year for folks in the Northern Hemisphere, it's the longest day for folks in the Southern Hemisphere. And technically, measuring from one solar noon to the next, this is actually the longest day of the year for the entire globe! How is that possible? EarthSky has the explanation!

Longest days for Earth at this solstice |
Find out how we are are all "children of the stars" thanks to the explosive power of mighty supernova! We also pack in some activities and NASA science all about supernova, and you can even find out how to spot a supernova remnant in our night sky in the Universe Discovery Guide for December!

Universe Discovery Guide for December: Children of the Stars | Night Sky Network
Venus is very bright in the western sky at sunset, and will get even brighter and climber higher in the skies for the next few weeks. Some dedicated stargazers might even be able to spot Venus during the daytime at its brightest! Find tons of facts about our mysterious "sister planet" at the link below.

Venus - Windows to the Universe
Tonight is the peak of the Geminid meteor shower, but many meteors will be obscured by the light of a full Moon. Still, it's worth looking up if you have the chance: you may still catch some of the brightest and most brilliant meteors!

Cold Moon at Geminid meteor peak |
See if you can find the radiant, or origin, of meteors spotted in the skies over the next several days. Can you trace them back to Gemini?

How to find Geminids’ radiant point |
An amateur astronomer pointed his telescope at an interesting star that no one had gathered data for, and ended up making a great discovery about a particular type of pulsar!

An amateur astronomer just made a stellar discovery about pulsars |
Check out our featured activity for December: our Meteor Shower Handout! Meteors from the Geminid meteor shower are already sporadically visible at night and they will
Peak next week around the 13th (sadly, during a pretty bright Moon!).

This handout can be passed out to students or visitors to your star parties and other outreach events-or just print a few for yourself and your family!...
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Heads Up! It's a Meteor Shower Handout | Night Sky Network
NSN admin Vivian White shows off our fab new Outreach Award pins for member astronomy clubs, featuring next year's total solar eclipse over North America!