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 2021-01-15 19:26 

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This Week in Astronomy Pictures: A Magnetic Whirlpool, Windblown Jets & More...

Whether you're here for eye candy or a more cosmic perspective, these astronomy pictures released this week will do the trick. The post This Week in Astronomy Pictures: A Magnetic Whirlpool, Windblown Jets & More appeared first on Sky & Telescope ....

 2021-01-15 13:00 

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What the Most Distant Quasar Tells Us About Black Hole Birth...

The existence of a quasar when the universe was only 670 million years old is helping astronomers understand how black holes are born. The post What the Most Distant Quasar Tells Us About Black Hole Birth appeared first on Sky & Telescope ....

 2021-01-15 10:06 

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, January 15 23...

Bright Capella high overhead, and equally bright Rigel in Orion's foot, have almost the same right ascension. This means they cross your sky's meridian at almost exactly the same time. So whenever Capella passes the zenith, Rigel marks true south,...

 2021-01-14 19:16 

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Masquerading Magnetars Make Short Brilliant Bursts...

Giant flares emitted from the surface of highly magnetized neutron stars could explain some gamma-ray flashes astronomers have caught over the past few decades. The post Masquerading Magnetars Make Short Brilliant Bursts appeared first on Sky & Telescope ...

 2021-01-13 17:15 

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Black Hole Feasts on Star, Bite by Bite...

Like a cosmic blinker, a distant supermassive black hole is flaring every 114 days. Astronomers believe the eerily regular signal betrays the piecemeal devouring of a star. The post Black Hole Feasts on Star, Bite by Bite appeared first on Sky & Telescope...

 2021-01-13 16:57 

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Rocky Planet Found Around 10 Billion-Year-Old Star...

Astronomers have found an Earth-size (but not at all Earth-like) planet around an ancient star that has a nice high view of our galaxy. The post Rocky Planet Found Around 10 Billion-Year-Old Star appeared first on Sky & Telescope ....

 2021-01-13 13:00 

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China Opens World's Largest Radio Telescope to International Scientists...

Scientists outside China will be allocated around 10% of observation time on its gigantic radio telescope following the collapse of Arecibo. The post China Opens World's Largest Radio Telescope to International Scientists appeared first on Sky & Teles...

 2021-01-12 17:03 

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Pulsars Show Hint of Gravitational-wave Background...

Duos of supermassive black holes tangoing throughout the universe make their own music, and astronomers may have picked up a hint of the tune. The post Pulsars Show Hint of Gravitational-wave Background appeared first on Sky & Telescope ....

 2021-01-11 14:00 

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Amateur Astronomer Finds "Lost" Moons of Jupiter...

An amateur astronomer has recovered four of five "lost" Jovian moons. The post Amateur Astronomer Finds "Lost" Moons of Jupiter appeared first on Sky & Telescope ....

 2021-01-08 10:26 

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, January 8 16...

Twilight challenge: the planet-conjunction finale! Jupiter and Saturn are becoming ever harder to pick up low in bright twilight, but bring those binoculars on Saturday Jan. 9th. Because then they'll be three! Mercury is emerging to join them. It will...

 2021-01-07 16:53 

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How to Warn of Imminent Neutron Star Collisions...

What if gravitational-wave observatories could send out alerts right after — or even before — receiving signals of neutron star collisions? The post How to Warn of Imminent Neutron Star Collisions appeared first on Sky & Telescope ....

 2021-01-06 19:07 

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Foraging for Deep-sky Delights with Capella, the Goat Star...

We explore deep-sky riches within a stone's throw of Capella, one of the season's brightest stars. The post Foraging for Deep-sky Delights with Capella, the Goat Star appeared first on Sky & Telescope ....

 2021-01-05 14:00 

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Meet Kochab, a Guardian of the Pole...

Meet the stars: Kochab is no record-breaking bright star, but it's easy enough to find — and it may have played an important role through history. The post Meet Kochab, a Guardian of the Pole appeared first on Sky & Telescope ....

 2021-01-01 14:00 

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Space Missions to Watch in 2021...

The coming year will feature three space missions arriving at Mars, the launch of SLS and James Webb, and much more. The post Space Missions to Watch in 2021 appeared first on Sky & Telescope ....

 2020-12-31 18:32 

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January: The Hyades & Pleiades...

Start the new year right with the easy-to-follow stargazing highlights offered by our Sky Tour astronomy podcast. Here's a preview of this month's guided audio tour. The post January: The Hyades & Pleiades appeared first on Sky & Telescope ....

 2020-12-31 14:00 

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Tour 15 of the Brightest Stars on New Year's Eve (VIDEO)...

Tour 15 of the sky's brightest stars all in one night on this New Year's Eve! This interactive Worldwide Telescope video will show you the way. The post Tour 15 of the Brightest Stars on New Year's Eve (VIDEO) appeared first on Sky & Telescope...

 2020-12-30 14:00 

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Top Astronomy News Stories of 2020...

This has been a year rocked by a global pandemic that has left its mark on nearly every aspect of society. Wildfires, social unrest, and loss have only added to our sense of struggle. Yet it has also been a year of celestial wonders, astronomical discover...

 2020-12-29 18:44 

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The Best Meteor Showers in 2021...

Sky & Telescope predicts that the year's best meteor shower will be the strong, fireball-rich Perseids in mid-August. The post The Best Meteor Showers in 2021 appeared first on Sky & Telescope ....

 2020-12-27 14:00 

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Watch the Moon Journey Across the Winter Hexagon...

About once a month this winter, we can watch the Moon take a four-day journey across a field of stars termed the "Winter Hexagon." The post Watch the Moon Journey Across the Winter Hexagon appeared first on Sky & Telescope ....

 2020-12-25 08:28 

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What to See with Your New Telescope...

Maybe you just got a shiny new telescope. Awaiting you are stupendous, faraway things in the night sky. Surely you're itching to try it out.... The post What to See with Your New Telescope appeared first on Sky & Telescope ....

 2020-12-24 13:00 

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Meet Aldebaran, the Bull's Eye...

Learn more about Aldebaran, the red-orange giant star that "follows" the Pleiades across the sky. The post Meet Aldebaran, the Bull's Eye appeared first on Sky & Telescope ....

 2020-12-23 12:30 

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Will the Next Solar Cycle Surprise Us?...

The coming months will test a new prediction that — contrary to most expectations — forecasts one of the strongest sunspot cycles on record. The post Will the Next Solar Cycle Surprise Us? appeared first on Sky & Telescope ....

 2020-12-18 13:00 

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The 400-Year Rhythm of Great Conjunctions...

A new visualization reveals the centuries-long pattern of "Great Conjunctions" between Jupiter and Saturn over the centuries. The post The 400-Year Rhythm of Great Conjunctions appeared first on Sky & Telescope ....

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