The location of Polaris in the night sky, plus a Hubble observation of the famous star. | NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI)

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
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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


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