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January: Orion the Hunter returns to the early evening sky. Stay out later for a glimpse at giant Jupiter!

February: Can you find all five naked-eye planets in the early morning sky? If you’ve got good weather and an exceptionally low southeastern horizon, you might just! Even without a good horizon you can catch at least three before dawn.

March: Mighty Jupiter and Leo the Lion return to early evening skies!

April: Classic springtime constellation Leo the Lion soars high overhead this month, as does the Big Dipper.

May: Look for mighty Jupiter high in the early evening sky. Stay up late for Mars and Saturn!

June: Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are all visible in the early evening. Stay up late to catch the Summer Triangle.

July: Look for Mars and Saturn to the south, and Jupiter setting with Leo in the west. Early risers may catch a glimpse of some bright winter constellations just before sunrise.

August: This month begins with three planets in the evening sky and ends with four! Catch a very close conjunction of Jupiter and Venus on August 27.

September: Watch for Mars and its rival Antares in Scorpius the Scorpion.

October: Look for Mars, Venus, and Saturn early in the evning as the sun sets, and check out the Summer Triangle almost directly overhead.

November: Mars and Venus appear in the evening all November, while Saturn disappears mid-month.

December: Mars and Venus remain in the evening sky, while the brilliant stars of winter return.

January: Bright planets join the bright stars of the winter sky. On the next clear night, bundle up and have a look!

February: Venus and Mars are headed for a close pass in the evening sky. Meanwhile, get up early for glimpses of Jupiter and Saturn.

March: Venus and Jupiter both shine brilliantly in the early evening sky. Can you tell which one is brighter?

April: Two planets are easy to find this month, and two others are much harder. Are you up for the challenge?

May: Spring is the best time to spot the Big Dipper high in the sky. Let it guide you to other star pictures in the evening sky. Meanwhile brilliant Venus and Jupiter continue to grab attention.

June: Jupiter and Venus are headed for a pretty pairing at the end of the June, while the stars of summer put on a show.

July: Go out and see bright planets in the evening sky, and then go online for the latest news from tiny Pluto and other worlds in our solar system.

August: Saturn is the only planet in our evening sky this month, but we have the Perseid Meteor Shower to look forward to!

September: Watch for Scorpius, Saturn, the Summer Triangle and more in this month’s sky. Don’t forget the total lunar eclipse on September 27!

October: You can find the Summer Triangle high in the evening sky this month, but you want to catch the planets, get up before dawn.

November: Get up early for an amazing display of planets in the hours before sunrise!

December: Welcome the stars of winter, and bundle up for the Geminid Meteor Shower.

January: As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, take a moment to watch the night sky for a special sight. Bundle up!

February: The coldest nights offer some of the brightest stars! Look for bright Jupiter in the evning and even brighter Venus before dawn.

March: Spring is near! Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus and the Moon await your view. Plus: How dark is your night sky?

April: The Moon falls into Earth’s shadow during a total lunar eclipse in the pre-dawn hours of April 15. Check the weather before setting your alarm clock!

May: You can find five planets in the night sky this month – we’ll show you when and where to look. Plus: Are we about to get a new meteor shower?

June: Stay up late to say farewell to the stars of spring and greet the stars of summer! Unless you’re in the southern hemisphere, in which case it’s time for winter!

July: Go out after dark and find some constellations… even if they look nothing like what they’re named after!

August: An extremely close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter appears low in the morning skies of August 18.

September: Look for Mars next to its rival… the Anti-Mars! Plus, mark your calendars and set your alarm clock: there’s a total lunar eclipse the morning of October 8.

October: As the temperatures cool, and sunset comes earlier, take some time on a clear night to welcome back the stars of autumn.

November: The a clear autumn night sky may be pretty, but it’s hard to see the Big Dipper. How will you find your way around the sky?

December: The bright stars of the long winter nights emerge into the early evening skies. Stay up late for brilliant Jupiter!

January: Bundle up warm and find the brilliant stars of winter!

February: Will a bright comet appear in our skies next month?

March: Blast Off with Rusty Rocket! Plus, an update on the comets of 2013.

April: Winter skies give way to the stars of spring.

May: Is it spring yet?

June: Say farewell to Leo the Lion and the stars of spring as the bright stars of summer come into view.

July: What’s that strange wiggling, blinking light over the western horizon after sunset?

August: Scan the summer sky for beautiful constellations and planets, and get ready for the Perseid Meteor Shower!

September: Venus blazes bright in the west after sunset, moving quickly through the stars night after night. How does it move so fast?

October: Two planets pose a challenge to see in the early evening sky during the first part of the month. One other remains bright all month long.

November: The sun sets early now, so take a little time to gaze upwards on the next clear night. This month’s star chart helps you find Jupiter, Pegasus, and much more.

December: Will Comet ISON sizzle or fizzle? Only time will tell. Meanwhile, bundle up and watch the crisp winter night sky for planets and maybe even a few meteors!

January: Mark your calendars for June 5, 2012 for a very rare event – Venus passing directly in front of the Sun.

February: Venus and Jupiter dominate the early evening sky, while Mars and Saturn appear later in the night.

March: You can find five planets in the night sky in early March – and you don’t even have to stay up late!

April: It’s your last chance to see Jupiter for a while, but Venus, Mars, and Saturn are putting on a show!

May: Leo the Lion rides high this month, while Venus, Saturn, and Mars are easily visible. Meanwhile, get ready for an extremely rare event on June 5 – Venus crossing directly in front of the Sun!

June: Summer arrives, and along with it come many bright stars!

July: Planets await you in the morning and the evening this month. Plus: why is Mars so speedy and Saturn such a slowpoke?

August: This month’s Perseid meteor shower is the first one in years happening on a dark, moonless night. Bonus: it’s over a weekend!

September: You’ll have to look carefully to see planets in the early evening sky, but there are many bright constellations to look for. In the morning sky, Jupiter and Venus shine brightly.

October: The Summer Triangle sets earlier as autumn begins, while Pegasus the winged horse flies high. Under dark skies, take a close look for the Andromeda Galaxy.

November: Why, it’s the tiniest cutest little Full Moon ever!

December: Winter nights are long – good thing there’s so much to see in the night sky!

January: The brightest stars of the year can be found in the winter sky. Just be sure to stay warm!

February: Bundle up and look up on a clear night to find Jupiter, Orion, a pair of Dippers and much more!

March: It’s amazing when you stop to count the number of unmanned spacecraft out there exploring our solar system — and there’s more on the way!

April: Winter stars take a bow, making way for the stars of spring!

May: You can easily find Saturn in the evening sky this month. The other planets? You’ll have to get up early and do a little hunting.

June: The Big Dipper is high in the sky and easy to find this month. Saturn is also an easy target. Four more planets in the morning are a big challenge, though.

July: Elusive Mercury makes a rare appearance in the evening sky, while distant Neptune celebrates a special anniversary.

August: It’s hot outside, even after dark but we think the stars are still pretty cool.

September: Say goodbye to Saturn for a while, and hello to mighty Jupiter. Meanwhile, the world isn’t going to end. Really.

October: Jupiter dominates the evening sky, while you’ll have to look carefully to see Venus, Mars, and Mercury.

November: The Summer Triangle still rides high early in the evening. Stay up a little late for the stars of winter to rise.

December: It gets dark early this time of year, so don’t forget to take a look up at the night sky! Plus, learn how to give astronomy gifts this holiday season.

January: Red planet Mars is close to Earth and shines brightly all night long. Go outside and have a look, but don’t forget to bundle up!

February: Despite what you might have heard, Mars rover Spirit is not dead! Plus: Why is Mars going backwards?

March: How many stars can you see at night? It depends not only on the weather, but the light pollution around you!

April: All five naked eye planets are visible this month if you know when and where to look!

May: Let the Big Dipper be your guide to the springtime night sky.

June: Got binoculars? Take a look at the night time sky! Even if you don’t have binoculars handy there’s plenty to see on the next clear night.

July: Can you see seven planets in one night? This month it’s possible!

August: You can see five planets in the evening sky this month. Plus: The number of known extrasolar planets is about to get a lot bigger!

September: Venus begins its exit from the evening sky, while Jupiter makes a big entrance.

October: There’s only one bright planet in the sky all night long this month, but if you like a challenge you can find one faint planet you may have never seen before!

November: Winter is coming! Get ready to greet the brilliant stars of winter, and get your astronomical wish list in order.

December: A total lunar eclipse is coming on December 21, but you’ll have to stay up late to see it.

January: Venus, Jupiter, Mercury and a thin crescent Moon ring in the New Year, but you don’t have to wait until January to see the spectacle.

February: Venus continues to shine brightly in the evening sky, but is getting a little lower every night.

March: Venus disappears in the glow of sunset, while Saturn shines dimly in the evening sky. PLUS: Join us for a special Earth Hour star party!

April: The constellations of spring emerge. Meanwhile, we celebrate 400 years of the telescope.

May: Many planets are visible this month if you know when and where to look.

June: What constellations can you find this month, as spring turns to summer?

July: The Sun sets late this time of year – don’t let that stop you from enjoying the night sky!

August: This month mighty Jupiter returns to the early evening sky. Don’t forget to watch for the Perseid Meteor Shower!

September: The signs of autumn are all around us!

October: You can see the stars of fall this month… if only it will quit raining….

November: As the weather grows colder, the constellations of autumn make way for bright stars of winter.

December: You can find four planets this month if you know where to look. Plus: Who was E. E. Barnard?

January: Do you have a new astronomy toy? Learn how to use it! Join us at Adventure Science Center at 7:30 pm on January 17th for some handy tips from local astronomers.

February: Join us and the Barnard Seyfert Astronomical Society to watch a total lunar eclipse. We’ll be in front of Adventure Science Center on the evening of February 20. Don’t forget to bundle up!

March: Leo the Lion takes center stage in the evening sky as spring begins.

April: Springtime constellations put on a beautiful show. PLUS: We count down to the grand opening of the new Sudekum Planetarium.

May: Mars Phoenix Lander prepares for touchdown. PLUS: Get ready for Astronomy Day at Adventure Science Center.

June: Four planets are visible in the night sky this month, while Venus stays in hiding. Meanwhile, the Phoenix Lander begins its close up look at Mars.

July: You may have to wait a little longer in the summer for night to arrive, but the sights above will be worth it.

August: You’ll have to look carefully, but five planets are visible in the early evening sky this month. Don’t forget to take a look for Scorpius the Scorpion low in the south.

September: For those of us in the northern hemisphere, fall begins on September 22nd this year. For those south of the equator, it’s the first day of spring! Meanwhile, Venus and Jupiter are easy to spot in the evening sky. Mercury and Mars? Not so easy.

October: No debate about it, there’s a lot to see in the sky this month!

November: Get out just after sunset to find two bright planets in the southwest sky. Plus: Planning to give the gift of astronomy? Dr. Spencer Buckner of Austin Peay State University will provide plenty of tips on buying telescopes and other astronomical goodies. Join us at ASC on Thursday, November 20 at 7:30 PM.

December: Bright planets Venus and Jupiter highlight the early evening skies this month. Watch for the Moon to join them at the beginning and end of the month!

January: The first week in January is your absolute last chance to see the Sudekum Planetarium! Until 2008, that is.

February: Let the Moon help you find Venus and the Pleiades Star Cluster this month. PLUS: The Earth’s shadow falls on the Moon on the night of Saturday March 3. Join us for a star party at Edwin Warner Park to view the event.

March: March heralds the return of two familiar sights: Leo the Lion, and the Big Dipper. PLUS: Watch for a close pairing of Venus and a slim crescent Moon this month. And, Daylight Saving Time arrives a month early.

April: Sure it’s easy to see Venus in the evening sky right now. But can you find it during the daytime?

May: Venus zips through the evening sky, while Saturn is a slowpoke. PLUS: The Full Moon appears twice for us this month. But is it a blue moon for everyone?

June: How do astronomers measure the sky? Inches and feet just won’t do.

July: Is that an itty-bitty teensy-weensy crescent Moon in my telescope? No, it’s Venus!

August: Is Mars going to look as big as the Full Moon this month? In a word: nope! But the Moon will turn a little red on August 28, during a total lunar eclipse.

September: It’s a month full of spectacular nighttime sights. Let us take you on a tour!

October: How many stars can you see in the night sky? Join the Great World Wide Star Count and share your results with people around the world!

November: How do you buy a telescope? Should you buy a telescope? What are the great gifts for an astronomy fan? Dr. Spencer Buckner will address these questions and more at Adventure Science Center on Thursday, November 15. PLUS: Mark your calendar for the next total solar eclipse visible from Tennessee. (You do have a calendar for 2017, right?)

December: This month we’ll take a close look at Mars. But how close?

January: The Earth is closest to the Sun in January, so why is it so cold?

February: There are only five planets that are visible to the unaided eye from Earth. This month you can see all of them – just not all at the same time.

March: Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus are all visible this month. On April 1, the Moon passes in front of the Beehive star cluster this month.

April: Why are our star charts best at different times on different days? It all has to do with the Earth’s orbit around the Sun.

May: Jupiter returns to the evening skies this month. Can you find the Great Red Spot? It’s not that easy to do.

June: This month Jupiter dominates the southern evening sky, while Saturn and Mars slowly slip into the glow of sunset.

July: Cool off with a summer night sky full of familiar shapes to find.

August: There’s an email being passed around this month saying that Mars is going to be really bright. Sadly, it’s completely wrong. On the other hand, Jupiter is great this month!

September: Everyone wants to know how many planets there are. You’ll have to know exactly when where to look to find any in the evening sky this month. This might be a good time to take a closer look at the Moon.

October: There aren’t many planets to see in the sky this month, but there are plenty of constellations to catch your attention.

November: Join us for ambient/electronic recording artist SPACECRAFT, Saturday, November 18 at 7:00 pm.

December: Sudekum Planetarium closes next month to begin construction of a brand new planetarium. PLUS: Saturn returns to the evening skies this month, and check out our new night-sky friendly streetlights!