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Night sky news

When you head outdoors tonight, take Sky & Telescope's podcast with you for a guided tour to the night sky. Learn what constellations are visible, find out where and when you'll see the planets, and catch each month's celestial highlights, from meteor showers to eclipses.
  1. Mark the date: December 13th. That's the night the Geminid meteor shower peaks. Highlighted by the return of its parent asteroid 3200 Phaethon, this year's show promises to be one of the best ever.

    The post Fantastic Year for Geminid Meteor Shower appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  2. As you'll hear in December's astronomy podcast, early risers are treated with views of Jupiter (obvious), Mars (not as easy), and Mercury (timing is everything!).

    The post Tour December’s Sky: See 3 Planets at Dawn appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  3. The parent asteroid of next month's Geminid meteor shower, 3200 Phaethon, is about to make a historically close flyby. Get ready to watch it race across the sky.

    The post Asteroid 3200 Phaethon: Geminid Parent at Its Closest and Brightest! appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  4. With exoplanet Ross 128b in the news, we pay a visit to the star that sustains this potentially habitable exoplanet.

    The post Invite Ross 128 Over This Thanksgiving appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  5. Venus bids farewell at dawn, but not before a close encounter with returning Jupiter.

    The post An Exquisite Venus–Jupiter Conjunction appeared first on Sky & Telescope.