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New Year’s Comet

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Published on: January 1, 2015

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) has become visible to the naked eye and predicted to get brighter over the next couple of weeks! This is the fifth comet discovered by Australian “amateur” astronomer Terry Lovejoy. The 2011 comet that bears his name made a spectacular pass through the Solar system. This […]

The Christmas Star

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Published on: December 23, 2013

One the questions often posed to and by astronomers this time of year is “What was the Star of Bethlehem?” Was the Star of Bethlehem a real astronomical event? Was it a myth created by the early church? Or could it have been something else? The Star of Bethlehem is […]

Watch Tomorrow’s Solar Eclipse Live

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Published on: November 12, 2012

Tomorrow afternoon, you could have a front row seat to one of the most visually stunning of celestial events: a total solar eclipse. It’s happening over the southern Pacific Ocean and northern Australia, but no worries, mate: There are plenty of places you can watch it live online! It starts […]

October’s Sky Challenges

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Published on: October 1, 2012

Astronomers and Star Gazers need a challenge when observing. Novices can be easily overwhelmed by long lists of challenging objects. Expert observers can be so focused on their projects, they easily can ignore the challenge provided by observing with different instruments. By presenting three objects in each of several different […]

September Sky Challenges

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Published on: September 10, 2012

Astronomers and Star Gazers need a challenge when observing. Novices can be easily overwhelmed by long lists of challenging objects. Expert observers can be so focused on their projects, they easily can ignore the challenge provided by observing with different instruments. By presenting three objects in each of several different […]

Martian Triangle

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Published on: August 21, 2012

The “Martian Triangle” is back. You can see it tonight beaming through the twilight in the southwestern sky after sunset. The triangle is a triple conjunction of Mars, Saturn, and blue-giant star Spica.   The crescent Moon makes an appearance as a bonus.  Don’t miss it!

Six Months To Go…

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Published on: June 21, 2012

Today is June 21st and the year is 2012 and according to the Mayan calendar, six months from today will be the last day of planet Earth.  Or will it? The purveyors of doom are still hawking the end of the world as we know it, which is actually a […]

May’s Sky Challenges

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Published on: May 14, 2012

Astronomers and Star Gazers need a challenge when observing. Novices can be easily overwhelmed by long lists of challenging objects. Expert observers can be so focused on their projects, they easily can ignore the challenge provided by observing with different instruments. By presenting three objects in each of several different […]

Columbia

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Published on: February 1, 2012

In Memoriam Nine years ago today, February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia was returning from a routine research mission to study microgravity and Earth science with a multitude of international scientific investigations conducted continuously during its 16 days in orbit, when it disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana.  Although the […]

The Sith Who Stole Christmas

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Published on: December 4, 2011

 

Lunar Phase
Current Moon Phase
Courtesy: U.S. Naval Observatory

Current Sun
Current Sun Image
Courtesy: NASA

Clear Sky Chart
San Antonio Clear Sky Chart

Sun/Moon Rise/Set Times
Sun/Moon Rise/Set Times

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