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See Messier 20, the Trifid Nebula

The Trifid is another famous binocular object, visible in the direction toward the galaxy’s center. Its name means “divided into three lobes.” If you view this nebula through a telescope, you’ll see why.

Astronomy ambassadors to Chile: ALMA radio telescope

Learn what it would be like to travel to Chile – sometimes called astronomy’s world capital – in this final report from Robert Pettengill with the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassador Program. Thank you for your dispatches, Rob!

Andromeda galaxy, closest large spiral

The Andromeda galaxy is the nearest big galaxy to our Milky Way. It’s a spiral galaxy, like ours. At 2.5 million light-years, it’s the most distant thing you can see with your eye alone.

What is the moon illusion?

It’s nearly full moon. So you might see an extra-large-looking moon low in the sky, one evening soon. Why does the moon look so big? It’s because of the “moon illusion,” a trick your brain is playing.

How to watch the Perseids in moonlight

You can avoid the moon during the 2019 Perseid meteor shower by watching in the days before the peak, in the hours before dawn. Or … you can embrace the moon. Here’s how to enjoy the Perseids in moonlight.

When Jupiter and Saturn meet

Jupiter and Saturn have appeared close on our sky’s dome throughout 2019, but they’re due to get even closer in the coming months. Their conjunction will come on December 21, 2020. Here’s how to watch them.