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Crescent moon with Venus and Jupiter near. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/harshanm/3073301812/">harshanm</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Crescent moon with Venus and Jupiter near. Photo: harshanm, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Heads-up, star-gazers! Venus is back

Lots of news from St. Lawrence University astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue this morning. She stopped by the NCPR studios to share the monthly update with Martha Foley.

Item: Venus has popped back up in the morning sky.

Item: You can still see the moons of Jupiter with binoculars, in the west after dark.

Item: Groundhog Day's roots go deeper than a hill in Pennsylvania; it marks the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.

Item: Why it's so easy to see the young crescent Moon this time of year.

And more...  Go to full article
A Perseid meteor exploding over Leuven, Belgium last night. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/88100135@N02/9496788419">Tom Davidson</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A Perseid meteor exploding over Leuven, Belgium last night. Photo: Tom Davidson, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Catch a glimpse of falling stars: the Perseid meteor shower

St. Lawrence University astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue turns our attention to the wonders of the night sky, including the peak week of the Perseid meteor shower.

Also, look for Venus near the horizon at sunset, with Saturn to its left. The moon will be in Scorpio tonight, and in the morning, look for Jupiter next to Orion in Gemini.  Go to full article
Comet Panstarrs was first observed from Hawaii in June 2011. Image: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZlenAvqLCI">ScienceAtNASA</a>
Comet Panstarrs was first observed from Hawaii in June 2011. Image: ScienceAtNASA

Dust off the binoculars: Comet Panstarrs cometh

The days are lengthening, but there's still plenty to see in the night sky. St. Lawrence University astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue joins Todd Moe to talk about the Snow Moon, the meteor that landed in Russia and Comet Panstarrs on the horizon.  Go to full article

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