Topic: Skywatching

Northrop Grumman to Sponsor 'StarDate'

July 17, 2013

Northrop Grumman, a leading global security company and NASA's partner building the James Webb Space Telescope, will become official sponsor of the nationally syndicated "StarDate" radio program starting Sept. 1. "StarDate" is produced by The University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory.

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Orionid Meteor Shower to Peak Oct. 20-21

Oct. 18, 2012

As it does each year, early fall brings crisper air, turning leaves and the Orionid meteor shower. This year's best viewing will be in the several hours around midnight Oct. 20 and before dawn on Oct. 21.

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Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks Thursday, Nov. 17

Nov. 16, 2011

The best viewing for this year's Leonid meteor shower will be several hours before dawn on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17 and 18, according to the editors of StarDate magazine. However, the rising of the half-full moon coincides with the shower and will probably wash out all but the brightest meteors.

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Moon Glides by Bright Star, Mars Next Week Before Dawn

July 22, 2011

The moon puts on a great show before dawn next week as it passes by a bright star and planet, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.

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Four Planets Huddle Up Before Dawn Next Week

May 5, 2011

Four of the five planets visible to the unaided eye huddle quite close together in the pre-dawn sky next week, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.

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