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7 stargazing events not to miss this spring and summer

May 17, 2012, 5:44 p.m.
supermoon in Washington, D.C.

Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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Dark (and beautiful) skies ahead

While most of us focus on the summer sun, it’s the summer nights that are slated for some serious excitement this season. Spring has already sprung a “supermoon,” the lunar event on May 5 that brought the moon 17,000 miles (27,359 kilometers) closer to Earth than usual. Keep your eyes trained on the night skies, because there are seven other events that are not to be missed. (Text: Katherine Butler)