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( Mercury and Jupiter shine together in the predawn sky. )

In early March, the beautiful astronomical duo of Mercury and Jupiter will adorn the predawn sky. Moreover, around the date of conjunction, the elusive planet Mercury will reach its greatest western elongation from the Sun for the year. How to observe these brilliant planets and what to expect from these astronomical events? Read on to find out!

Conjunction of Mercury and Jupiter

On March 5, 2021, you’ll have a chance to witness a spectacular astronomical event: the conjunction of the largest and the smallest planets of the Solar System, Jupiter and Mercury. This day, at about 1:49 a.m. EST (06:49 GMT), the gas giant Jupiter…


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Mars was big news last month because three exploration missions arrived at the Red Planet in February. NASA’s rover Perseverance has already sent us high-quality pictures of the planet and even the record of the real Martian sounds. At the beginning of March, Mars will provide another exciting view for astronomy enthusiasts worldwide and meet up with the shining Pleiades star cluster. This will be their closest meeting until 2038. Let’s get through the details of this spectacular event!

Mars and the Pleiades conjunction

This year you’ll have a chance to observe the closest Mars-Pleiades conjunction since January 20, 1991. On March 3, 2021, the…


The second Full Moon of 2021 will adorn the sky very soon. What date is the Full Moon in February 2021? What is the February Moon called? Find out the answers to these questions in today’s article!

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( Enjoy the astronomical duet in the last days of February. )

When is the Full Moon in February?

To the eye, the Moon can look full for a few nights in a row; however, astronomically speaking, it reaches its full phase at a particular moment — when our natural satellite is 180 degrees opposite the Sun in ecliptic longitude. Thus the Moon will appear full on both nights on February 26 and 27, 2021, but it will officially turn full on…


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What’s on your stargazing to-do list for this week? In today’s article, we’ll give you some ideas on what to observe in the sky this week, February 23–28, 2021.

The February Moon

For the second consecutive week, the Moon will be shining brightly in the evening sky for observers all around the world. Let’s run through some encounters the Moon will have this week!

On Tuesday night, the Moon will pass very close to the medium-bright star designated Kappa Geminorum, which marks the eastern hand of the twin Pollux. The event will make a pretty sight in binoculars and telescopes.

On Wednesday night…


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On February 20, 1986, the Soviet Union launched the core module of the Mir Space Station into orbit. In today’s article, we’ll talk about the history of this space station and its contribution to our knowledge about space.

You can also watch our video about the station.

When did the construction of the Mir Space Station start?

The idea of the Mir Space Station emerged in the late 1970s. Having already launched a series of one-module orbital stations named Salyut, the USSR started thinking about building a multi-modular station for long-term use.

The construction process started in 1979. In total…


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Today, on February 15, astronomy lovers celebrate Galileo Day. In today’s article, we’ll talk about who Galileo was and give tips on how you can join the celebration.

Especially for Galileo Day, we’ve prepared a fun and educational quiz about great astronomers of the past — you should definitely check it out and test your knowledge about astronomy!

Who was Galileo, and what did he discover?

Galileo Galilei (February 15, 1564 — January 8, 1642) was an outstanding Italian scientist who made significant contributions to astronomy, physics, engineering, and mathematics. His astronomical achievements include the telescopic confirmation of the phases…


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While none of the official constellations are heart-shaped, there are some romantic duos in the stars that you can see with your unaided eyes on Valentine’s Day night. There are also a few delightful Valentine’s-themed clusters and nebula for your enjoyment — and even some heart-shaped craters on Mars!

🌟 If you look about halfway up the western sky during mid-evening, you’ll see the stars of Princess Andromeda. Andromeda’s hero and eventual husband, Perseus, is the constellation directly above her. Its center is marked by the bright star Mirfak.

🌟 To celebrate fraternal love, we have the constellation of Gemini…


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Congratulations! Today, Chinese New Year officially takes its place — the massive celebration starts all over the world. But what is the Chinese New Year? What does it have to do with astronomy? And is Chinese New Year the only festival that begins today? We’ll explain this in simple words in the following article.

What is the Chinese New Year?

As you can guess from the name, Chinese New Year is the start of a new year celebrated in China, some neighboring countries, and Chinese communities throughout the world. This event is also known as the Spring Festival and marks the end of the winter’s coldest…


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( All you need to know about current Missions to Mars, their characteristics, and objectives — in today’s article. )

Chances are 2021 will be the year of new discoveries in the history of Mars exploration. Three spacecraft — the UAE’s Hope, China’s Tianwen-1, and NASA’s Perseverance — are on their way to Mars. All of them are expected to reach the planet this month. In today’s article, we’ll tell you more about current Mars missions, their characteristics, and objectives.

You can find out why we explore Mars and learn more about Mars missions history in our article.

The Emirates Mars Mission “Hope Probe”

The UAE’s first interplanetary mission, an unmanned probe known as “Hope”, was successfully launched on July 19, 2020, from Tanegashima Space Center…


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February won’t be a good month for planet lovers — the only planet visible at night will be Mars. However, if you like getting up early, there’s a treat for you. Within a week, Venus will be in conjunction with two planets: Saturn and Jupiter. Plus, it will become a part of a planetary trio! In today’s article, we’ll give you tips on how to observe these astronomical events.

What does it mean when two planets are in conjunction?

In astronomy, when two objects have the same right ascension or the same ecliptic longitude, as observed from the Earth, they…

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