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Spectacular sky events stand out in years past — and in years to come.
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The Great American Eclipse is long over. But there’s always a “next time” for super celestial events — and lessons to learn.

I recall the big events that lay ahead when I completed school in the ’60s. I vividly remember the sky spectacles that beckoned, dreamlike, in the distant future. I ached to see them. Comet Halley’s return in 1986. The longest upcoming totality in 1991. The expected Leonid meteor storm in 1999. The transits of Venus in 2004 and 2012. The mysterious eclipse of Epsilon Aurigae in 2009. The Great American Eclipse in 2017.

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