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February 23, 2018; 4:39 PM

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The waxing moon will dominate the night sky this weekend. Look for it near a few bright starts tonight!

The moon will pass just above Orion. It will be near another bright star, Aldebaran. The moon actually passed directly in front of Aldebaran early this morning. If you missed it, don't worry, the moon will "occult" Aldebaran every month through September.

If you look close, right after sunset, you can see Venus. The brightest planet has been a "morning star" for the past several month, but it will appear in the evening through September.

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Venus will appear higher in the sky through the spring months. You won't be able to miss April through midsummer.

There was an impressive aurora display across the Arctic last night, but it doesn't look like there will be a widespread outburst anytime soon. Fortunately, we can watch the aurora storm on video! Check out this footage from Sweden.

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We are less than a week away from the next full moon. It occurs March 1. The last full moon was in January, so we just went through a month without a full moon. Some call this type of month a "black moon". The March 1 full moon will be one of two full moons of the month!

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Not too many things are free anymore; however, looking at the night sky is still one of those things. Thanks for reading! Just look up, you never know what you will see.

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or

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