Our "Ready to Observe" activity helps your visitors enhance their viewing experience with your telescope! [ Jpl.nasa.gov Link ]


What do astronomers really "see" when they hunt for exoplanets? When the planets of TRAPPIST-1 were discovered, they were found by using recording tiny dips in the parent star's brightness-not by seeing the planets themselves. Explanation at the link below!

What We Really See

You can spot bright planets and stars during a total solar eclipse - if you can tear your eyes off the beautiful corona of the *totally* eclipsed Sun! Find out which planets and stars will be visible to lucky eclipse watchers this August 21 with this guide from EarthSky

See 4 planets during 2017 solar eclipse | EarthSky.org

Jupiter is rising earlier and earlier every evening, and this handy tool from Sky & Telescope can help you identify its moons if you are observing with binoculars or a telescope.

Jupiter's Moons

The folks at the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society made good use of some NSN prizes of Jupiter's moons, along with appropriately scaled Earth and Moon globes, for outreach. Jon Caldwell says, "Just thought you would like to see what we did with the set of Jupiter’s moons that you recently provided our club. The display was used at a recent solar viewing event and attracted quite a few...
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Take the Pi in the Sky Challenge and see if you can use pi to solve these real world math problems faced by NASA scientists and engineers!

Take the Pi in the Sky Challenge Slideshow | NASA/JPL Edu

Look for bright Jupiter near the Moon in the eastern sky right after sunset over the next few nights. ht/ EarthSky.

Moon and Jupiter March 13 and 14 | EarthSky.org

Check out what's up in the night sky this coming week. Watch the Moon pass by the constellation Leo over the next few nights, and if you have dark skies, see if you can spot the Beehive Cluster in dim Cancer.

This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 10 – 18 - Sky & Telescope

Northern Colorado Astronomical Society members pose beneath the stars of Orion and Canis Major at a community science event held at Big Thompson Elementry School. Photo Credit: Dan Laszlo
The Astronomical League runs observing programs aimed at sharpening amateur astronomers' observing skills and recognizing their achievements, and has done so for over 50 years! Find out more about their wonderful observing programs for stargazers of all skills levels - from the very beginner to the most seasoned astronomer, in our latest article!

Find an Observing Program for You with the Astronomical League! | Night Sky Network

Find out more about the The Eclipse Megamovie Project from our recent webinar with Dr. Laura Peticolas and find it how you can participate in this exciting citizen science opportunity during the upcoming total solar eclipse over North America!

NSN Webinar: The Solar Eclipse MegaMovie Project with Dr. Laura Peticolas

NSN members joined Dr. Laura Peticolas on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 for a webinar, to learn about how everyone can get involved in contributing images for ...

This evening (March 4), the Moon will pass very close to the bright star Aldebaran. For many observers, the Moon will occult, or hide, this bright star as it passes in front of it in the night sky. For a few lucky observers along a narrow line across North America, Aldebaran will appear to "graze" the edge of the Moon, appearing to blink off and on as it passes behind the peaks and valleys of...
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Grazing Occultation of Aldebaran – March, 2017 « IOTA

Get ready for Global Astronomy Month this April! Events are already scheduled to for everyone to celebrate astronomy and space science, and more are on their way. See if there is an event near you on their site!

Program Schedule

Find out where to look for the bright planets in March with this guide from EarthSky! Venus will disappear from our evening skies by the end of the month, while Jupiter will shine brightly all night long.

March guide to the bright planets | EarthSky.org

Get prepared for some March stargazing highlights with help from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory latest What's Up? video! See f you will be able to watch the Moon hide the red star Aldebaran - maybe you will be lucky enough to be on the narrow path where the bright star clings closely to the Moon's surface, seeming to blink in and out along the edge of the Moon! Also check out the motions...
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What's Up for March 2017

This month the moon hides red Aldebaran, Venus and Mercury show their phases. Find more astronomy information and events in your area by visiting https://nig...

The Iowa County Astronomers have a strong outreach program, and as you can see here in this photo from club member Julie Hoel, they are an all-weather group- necessary for outreach during chilly Wisconsin winters! Here you can see member John Heasley working with students from LaFarge Elementary as they make their own Moon phases using lollipop models.

More from John: "They come to an...
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Check out this beautiful image of the Wizard Nebula in Cepheus by Bill Snyder of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh. What you see here is an open cluster of young stars over 8,000 light years away!

Bill Snyder ‘s Wizard Nebula is the February 15, 2017 Astronomy.com Picture of the Day

Do you know an amateur astronomer who deserves some recognition for their hard work? The Astronomical Society of the Pacific needs nominees for their two amateur astronomy awards: the Amateur Achievement Award and the Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award. Find out how to nominate a hardworking colleague or mentor at the link below!

Annual Awards « Astronomical Society

The Eclipse Megamovie Project is now recruiting photographers and astronomers who would like to help participate in a citizen science project taking photos of the upcoming total; solar eclipse of August 21, 2017! Find out more about this exciting citizen science project and how you can sign up below.

Join the Eclipse MegaMovie Project! | Night Sky Network

Do you watch the skies? NASA is conducting a survey on telescope usage and astronomical viewing habits of stargazers from around the world. Fill out the survey at the link below and lend NASA a hand!

Worldwide Telescope Usage - a Survey of Astronomers