How to Read a Star Chart

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Star maps are an essential tool for backyard astronomers to find their way around the heavens. Our simple guide cuts through star chart confusion.

The Best Meteor Showers of 2020

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2020 is yet another year for meteor showers to grace our night skies. Simple though they are, these dust trails exhibit some of the most beautiful meteor showers on this … Read more

How Long Does it Take to Get Dark After Sunset?

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One of the most common questions new astronomers ask is ‘how long will it take to get dark after sunset?’ This short article sets out a comprehensive answer, and it has more to do with where you live than you might think…

How to See Mars Through a Telescope

The red planet Mars is an iconic target for backyard astronomers. Our simple guide will help you find and observe its best features with your telescope.