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The Moon earlier this month, next to the planets Jupiter and Venus. (Mike Daniels Photo)
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Jupiter and Venus ‘Cuddle Up’ This Week

The two planets on the western horizon, visible after sunset, are getting closer and closer together in the sky.

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Jupiter and Venus share the sky with a meteor. (MIke Daniels Photo)
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Venus and Jupiter Shine After Sunset in Bitterroot

The planets Jupiter (on the left in photo) and Venus (on the right in photo) are very bright in the twilight this month.

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Mysterious bright spots on Ceres. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA)
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Visit Outer Space with the Dawn Spacecraft

The Dawn spacecraft has begun orbiting and taking pictures of the large asteroid Ceres.

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That white streak over the Northern Lights is the International Space Station. (Mike Daniels Photo)
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See the International Space Station Orbit Overhead

Yes, you can see the International Space Station from the Bitterroot Valley. Here's how.

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Saturn, showing off its rings. (NASA/E.Karkoshka(University of Arizona)
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Discover the Planets in June’s Night Sky

It's a new month, and time to check on what's up in the sky between sunset and sunrise. Planets are highlighted this month.

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The Moon and Venus after sunset - a view in 2013. (Fullerton Photo)
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Astronomy will be the Saturday Science Subject at Museum

How astronomers and physicists view the skies will be the topic of the Ravalli County Museum's Science Saturday May 23.

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The moon rises through light clouds over the Sapphire Mountains. (Mike Daniels Photo)
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The Marvelous Moon in May

The bright May moon will hamper viewing of a meteor shower May 5 to May 7 this year.

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Dawn spacecraft approaches the asteroid Ceres. (NASA/Dawn)
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NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Orbits Ceres Asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has entered orbit around what has become the "mysterious" Ceres, one of the largest asteroids in the asteroid belt of our solar system. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Padadena has been very busy, as you might imagine

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Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko in flase color. (ESA,Rosetta, NAVCAM, processing by Giuseppe Conzo)
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Comet is Closing in on the Sun

The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft is accompanying Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko as it approaches the Sun.

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Red moon. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Saturday Morning’s Full Moon Will Darken

Saturday morning the astronomy buffs will be looking up at the moon as we experience a lunar eclipse.

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