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Wonders of the Night Sky

Learn tips to find constellations, planets and more in the night sky. Penn State Professor of Astronomy Chris Palma explains how to choose the right telescope and how to improve your stargazing success. For beginner and veteran astronomers alike.

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See the Solar Eclipse in Pennsylvania

Chris Palma, Teaching Professor of Astronomy at Penn State, tells you what you need to know to safely watch the April 8 eclipse and where to go if you want to see "totality."

3/27/24 | 3m 30s


Annular Solar Eclipse

On October 14, there will be an annular solar eclipse observable mainly in the western United States, but it will also be partially observable in Pennsylvania.

10/10/23 | 2m 24s



Telescopes for Beginners

Penn State Professor of Astronomy Chris Palma explains the different types (and costs) of telescopes and what you can do to improve your stargazing.

11/10/22 | 3m 22s


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Seeing Jupiter and Saturn in October

Jupiter and Saturn can be seen without a telescope through October. Learn more from Chris Palma, Penn State Professor of Astronomy.

10/14/22 | 1m 55s



The Comet Neowise

Look in the right place over the next few weeks and you may be able to see the comet Neowise with the naked eye. Happy stargazing!

7/31/20 | 2m 22s



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