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Bright yellow Arcturus to shine in night sky

Over the next week skywatchers can expect to see a brilliant star that sparkles with a golden yellow or topaz hue that is situated about one-third of the way up from the eastern horizon as darkness falls. This is Arcturus, in the constellation of Boötes, the Herdsman.Full story

Listening to the Symphony of the Stars with SKA

Everything you see when you look up at the night sky emits visible light. But like an orchestra, if you only tune in to the sound from the violin, then you are missing the greatest portion of the music. To fully appreciate the orchestra's true magnificence you must listen to all the instruments. Full story

Photographer captures amazing time-lapse of Milky Way

  Norwegian photographer Terje Sorgjerd speaks with TODAY.com’s Dara Brown about the stunning images of the Milky Way captured glittering in the night sky from Spain’s highest mountain, El Teide.

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This Starry Night graphic shows the western night sky as it will appear on July 14 at 9 p.m. local time in New York. The crescent moon, Mars, Saturn, Venus and the bright star Regulus are all visible.