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Jimmy Westlake: The universe below

Six months later, during the late fall, we can gaze out of the bottom of the Milky Way to see what lies beneath our galaxy.

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Jimmy Westlake: Sea monster rising

Wedged in between the bright star Fomalhaut to the south and the glittering Pleiades star cluster to the east is the huge, lumbering constellation of Cetus, the Sea Monster.

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Jimmy Westlake: Here comes a super-duper moon

Once a year, the monthly full moon nearly coincides with the moon’s monthly perigee, producing what has become known as a "super moon."

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Jimmy Westlake: Getting acquainted with Aquarius

With the moon out of the way this week, it’s a great time to step outside after nightfall and look for the large but faint constellation of Aquarius, the Water Bearer.

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Jimmy Westlake: Algol — a spooky star for Halloween

The star that marks the eye of Medusa is a most remarkable star named Algol, which means the “Demon Star.”

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Jimmy Westlake: With a Name Like Uranus…

Uranus. There, I said it. Well, giggles or not, I am writing today to inform you that now is the prime time to see Uranus up in the sky.

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Jimmy Westlake: Catch Fomalhaut and the Southern Fish

Shining brightly in the southern sky, as darkness falls, is one of autumn’s few bright stars, a blue gem named Fomalhaut (pronounced FOAM-a-low).

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Jimmy Westlake: The king and queen of the sky

When I was a knee-high astronomer, one of our favorite constellations was a distinctive pattern of five bright stars that we called “The W.”

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Jimmy Westlake: Explore the Northern Cross

Just go outside around 9:30 p.m. and look straight up. There’s the Summer Triangle, right overhead.

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Jimmy Westlake: See a sky full of planets this week

While you were outside watching for Perseid meteors last week, did you notice the sky full of planets?

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