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    Moon Occults Star 111 Tauri

    The waxing crescent Moon passes in front of the 5th-magnitude star 111 Tauri in the early morning hours of March 26, 2015. The occultation is visible in most of North America except for the east coast and the extreme southern United States. During this event, the star will first pass behind

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    Three Lunar Occultations in the Northern Zodiac

    The waxing Moon continues its slow eastward campaign this month through the constellations of the northern zodiac. As it moves from first quarter to full, the Moon will occult three more bright stars over the next few days. On March 28, the 5th-magnitude star 51 Geminorum passes behind the Moon

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    Saturn Near Waning Gibbous Moon Near April 8

    Saturn continues to brighten in the early morning sky this month on its way to opposition in May. The ringed planet lies just 2.1° south of the waning gibbous Moon on April 8, 2015. Look for the pair above the southeastern horizon after midnight and into the early morning hours.

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    Comet Lovejoy in Cassiopeia

    Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) continues to steam northward into the W-shaped constellation Cassiopeia in the northwestern sky. From March 15-17, Lovejoy passes within a degree of the 3rd-magnitude star Ruchbah (δ Cassiopeiae). This makes it easy to find the comet in dark sky in a small telescope or good binoculars. The

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    Saturn Near Antares and Moon on March 12

    Saturn grows closer and brighter in the early morning sky this month on its way to opposition on May 23, 2015. The ringed planet lies just over 1º southwest of the last-quarter Moon on March 12 and 9º north of the bright red supergiant Antares. Look for the grouping above the

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    Mercury Reaches Aphelion

    The little planet Mercury reaches aphelion, it’s furthest point from the Sun, on March 6, 2015 at 20:10 UT. Mercury is a planet of extremes. It’s the smallest of the major planets, with a diameter of just under 4,900 km, smaller than Jupiter’s moon Ganymede. It’s the fastest moving of

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    Slooh Members Confirm Comet Discoveries

    On the 27th February 2015, two Electronic Circulars were issued by the Minor Planet Center (MPECs) confirming the discovery of two comets. Slooh members helped confirm the discoveries. Once again, collaboration between Slooh members made this achievement possible. Bernd Lutkenhoner coordinated the effort with Colin Drescher and Paul Cox providing

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    Anniversary of the Discovery of Uranus

    Experienced stargazers live by the adage that you never know what you’ll find in the night sky until you look. Perhaps the best example of this was the accidental discovery of the planet Uranus by William Herschel on March 13, 1781. Herschel was one of history’s greatest stargazers, but he

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    The Eclipse at the Edge of the Earth

    The total solar eclipse is happening this March 20th, but Slooh’s journey to totality has already started. Slooh Community Manager Paul Cox is making the journey to one of the few landmasses on Earth that will be able to see absolutely everything that this eclipse has to offer: the Faroe

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    Eclipse New Moon To Cause Highest Tide in Decades

    As Slooh broadcasts the Total Solar Eclipse on March 20th from the Faroe Islands, the spectacle in its sights will also be causing quite a stir to the south along the rugged coast of Brittany–exceptionally large spring tides. The phenomenon began shortly after 9am on Saturday, February 28th, as the