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7 Pieces of Art Inspired by the Night Sky

The Starry Night painted in 1889 by Vincent van Gogh.

Until recently, for all of human history, our ancestors experienced a sky brimming with stars – a night sky that inspired science, religion, philosophy, literature and art. Unfortunately, we’ll never know the great art we’ve… Read More

5 Stunning “Moonbow” Photos

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We’ve all seen rainbows. But have you ever seen a moonbow? This rare phenomenon, also known as a lunar rainbow, occurs at night when light from the Moon illuminates falling water drops in the atmosphere… Read More

Watch Dean Regas Talk about Protecting Night Skies

Dean Regas – astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory, renowned astronomy educator and co-host of PBS’s Star Gazers – talks about the importance of protecting night skies and supporting the International Dark-Sky Association. You Can Make… Read More

Halley’s Comet is Back! At Least its Remnants Are.

Meteor seen from the site of the Atacama Large Millimeter Array in Chile.

Don’t miss seeing the remnants of Halley’s Comet this Week Halley’s Comet is only visible from Earth once every 75 years, but residual chunks separated from its tail hundreds of years ago generate two annual meteor… Read More

5 Planets Align in Celestial Treat

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Starting early this morning, a rare celestial event is inhabiting the predawn sky. For the first time in more than a decade, five planets of our Solar System will (mostly) align diagonally – Mercury, Venus… Read More

2016 Astronomical Events: 7 Reasons to Look Up at Dark Night Skies

A meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower in 2015.

March 8: Jupiter at Opposition The gas giant Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System, has two and a half times the mass of all the other planets combined. On this date, it will… Read More

7th Graders Make Awesome “Starry” Video

Guest Bloggers | By Caleb Carlton (Media and Outreach Specialist, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont) and Autumn Rose Pippin (7th Grader from Tennessee) Last spring, students from Lenoir City Intermediate/Middle School in Tennessee traveled… Read More

Don’t Miss Rare Total Lunar Eclipse of Harvest “Supermoon”

Full Supermoon rising over mountains

Be sure to step outside, gaze upward and experience a rare celestial event on  September 27 (September 28 in locations other than North and South America). A full moon, a perigee moon and a total lunar… Read More

Tips For Viewing This Week’s Perseid Meteor Shower

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The experience of seeing a ‘shooting’ or ‘falling star’ is familiar to anyone who’s spent an hour our two under a dark night sky. Can you imagine the experience of seeing hundreds of them on… Read More

Dark Skies and Northern Lights

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Jonathan Babb, a high school biology teacher from Tucson, Arizona, recently sent us this photo looking for a some help in explaining the strange “pink hue” in night sky images he took during a recent visit… Read More