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Look Up! 13 Must-See Stargazing Events in 2013

Joe Rao | Partner
Published: January 21, 2013

The Baker's Dozen You Can't Miss

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A woman wears special glasses to view the solar eclipse from the beach at Palm Cove in Australia's Tropical North Queensland on November 14, 2012.

As 2012 comes to a close, some might wonder what is looming sky-wise for 2013. What celestial events might we look forward to seeing?

I’ve selected what I consider the top 13 "skylights" (get it?) for the coming year, and have listed them in chronological order. Not all these night sky events will be visible from any one locality (you may have to travel to catch all the eclipses), but you can observe many of them from the comfort of your backyard, weather permitting.

The next year also promises two potentially bright comets: PANSTARRS and ISON. As any astronomer can tell you, comets are notoriously capricious; we can only guess at how bright they will get and how long their respective tails will be. We’ll just have to wait and see.

In general, 2013 promises an action-packed 12 months for stargazers. Hopefully, your local weather will cooperate on most, if not all of these dates. The following list includes some of the most promising night sky events of the upcoming year! [100 Best Space Photos of 2012]


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