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Journalist, author and amateur astronomer
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A comet bright enough to see with binoculars will be at its closest to Earth tomorrow, September 10th. You can currently see Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner moving through the constellation of Auriga, the Charioteer.

This constellation is home to some attractive, bright star clusters, and the comet will actually pass in front of one of them, M37, over the next couple of days.

The comet orbits the Sun once every 6.5 years and this encounter brings it to a distance of 42 million km from Earth - the closest it has been since November 1959.

https://www.skymania.com/wp/see-comet-giacobini-zinner-with-binoculars-during-close-encounter-with-earth/
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One of the best and most reliable displays of shooting stars is building to its peak. Here's how to see the Perseid meteor shower in 2018.
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Ground-penetrating radar aboard Europe's Mars Express has detected a lake of liquid, salty water beneath the south polar ice. https://www.skymania.com/wp/orbiting-spacecraft-discovers-a-lake-of-liquid-water-on-mars/
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Life on the Moon? Our natural satellite was habitable at two points in the distant past, says a new science paper.
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One of nature’s greatest astronomical spectacles, a total lunar eclipse, occurs on July 27th, 2018, when the Moon glides through the Earth’s shadow in space. Here's what you can see.
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Jupiter's four main moons, the Galilean satellites Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto, are easy to see with binoculars. You can even photograph them with simple equipment. Our guide tells you how.
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