Sharing an eclipse with kids

Here's a simple and safe way to observe a partial eclipse that's appropriate for young children, with no eclipse glasses or other special equipment needed.

Making eclipse magic

How to enjoy a solar eclipse with your kids, making shadow magic with a pinhole viewer.

Big Bend designated International Dark Sky Park

The International Dark Sky Association designated Big Bend as an International Dark Sky Park, confirming its status as an incredible place to stargaze.

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What's up for the week of 27 September

Now is a great time to look at the Moon through a telescope or binoculars. In its waxing crescent phase, the Moon is illuminated in such a way that stark shadows are cast in its craters, making them particularly beautiful to observe. Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars still greet observers in the evening sky, with Venus shining bright in the pre-dawn.

Current sky chart, northern hemisphere
Current sky chart, northern hemisphere This chart shows constellations, planets, and bright stars visible an hour after sunset from the northern hemisphere for the week of 27 September 2020. Minneapolis, Minnesota (45 degrees north) is used as a reference city. Stellarium
Current sky chart, southern hemisphere
Current sky chart, southern hemisphere This chart shows constellations, planets, and bright stars visible an hour after sunset from the southern hemisphere for the week of 27 September 2020. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (23 degrees south) is used as a reference city. Stellarium

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What's next

22 September: September Equinox

8 and 9 October: Draconid Meteor Shower

21 and 22 October: Orionid Meteor Shower

17 and 18 November: Leonid Meteor Shower

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