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The location of Polaris in the night sky, plus a Hubble observation of the famous star. | NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI)
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10 Ways to Astronomically Astound Your Friends

For those who understand the Cosmos, or at least part of it, hold the key to explaining some wonderful sights.

December 2, 2013
2:55 PM EST
The Keck Observatory's twin telescopes, Keck I and Keck II, aim their adaptive oprics lasers at the galactic core. | Keck Observatory
The moon, Jupiter and Venus aligned on Dec. 1, 2008. Many more conjunction viewing opportunities await. | Ian O'Neill
The extreme-ultraviolet sun as seen on Dec. 2, 2013. | NASA/SDO
An infrared Andromeda Galaxy as observed by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). | NASA
The star-forming Orion Nebula as seen by Hubble. | NASA,ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team
The band of stars that make up our Milky Way galaxy. | Mark Gee/National Maritime Museum
The Pleiades open star cluster is also known as "The Seven Sisters", | NASA, ESA, AURA/Caltech, Palomar Observatory
The Earth zooms past under the International Space Station as the stars rotate overhead. | NASA/Don Pettit
Meteors from the Pleiades meteor shower. | NASA