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What’s Up: August 2020 Skywatching Tips from NASA

See the Moon posing with various planets throughout the month, plus catch the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

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Someday, Betelgeuse Might Explode.

Betelgeuse is usually the tenth-brightest star in the night sky and, after Rigel, the second-brightest in the constellation of Orion. It is a distinctly reddish semiregular variable star whose apparent magnitude, varying between +0.0 and +1.6, has the widest range displayed by any first-magnitude star. At near-infrared wavelengths, Betelgeuse is the brightest star in the night sky. Its Bayer designation is α Orionis, Latinised to Alpha Orionis and abbreviated Alpha Ori or α Ori.

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The Pink Super Moon 2020

What is a pink moon? The pink supermoon name is a northern Native American reference to an early-blooming wildflower and is first seen across North America as spring begins. Tuesday night’s “pink moon” was the largest supermoon of the year. The full moon coincided with the lunar perigee — the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit, which gives it the appearance of being…

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Check Out the Mercury Transit from Griffith Observatory

Mercury will pass in front of the sun on the morning of November 11, 2019. View the transit safely from the comfort of your computer and join us live from Griffith Observatory. NEVER look at the sun directly without proper eye protection. All Space Considered is Griffith Observatory’s live science program that is free and open to the public, held…

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