SKYWATCH: NEW SOLAR SENTINEL, HAYABUSA RETURNS EARTHWARD, AND MORE

 

Solar prominence on March 30, 2010
NASA / AIA team

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A Solar Sentinel’s Stunning Debut

April 22, 2010 | NASA researchers are betting that the Solar Dynamics Observatory will help them understand the Sun as never before — and enthrall the public with kaleidoscopic images and videos. > read more

Readying for Hayabusa’s Return

April 23, 2010 | When the Hayabusa spacecraft returns to Earth on June 13th, an international welcoming party will be waiting in Australia to spot and recover its sample-return capsule. > read more 

An Astro-Blast at NEAF

April 20, 2010 | Amateurs gathered in Suffern, New York, to check out the latest gear at the 19th annual Northeast Astronomy Forum. > read more 

The Return of Neptune

April 16, 2010 | It’s taken 164 years, but Neptune is once again located exactly where it was when discovered by Johann Galle and Heinrich d’Arrest. > read more 

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Saturn on Feb. 23
S&T: Sean Walker

A Saturn Almanac

November 12, 2008 | Spectacular Saturn is now well placed for telescopic observing as soon as the sky gets dark. Click here to find printable data on the positions of Saturn’s rings and planets. > read more

Tour April’s Sky by Eye and Ear!

March 26, 2010 | If you’ve always wanted to spot Mercury, here’s your chance. Find out where and when to look for the fleet-footed planet using this month’s audio sky tour. Host: S&T’s Kelly Beatty. (6.5MB MP3 download: running time: 6m 52s) > read more 

Vesta in 2010

January 1, 2010 | Vesta was at opposition on February 18, 2010, and it shines at magnitude 7 or brighter through mid-May. > read more 

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

 

Venus and star clusters at dusk, April 25

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

April 23, 2010 | Venus, the Evening “Star” at nightfall, passes the Pleiades, Aldebaran and the Hyades this week. Mars continues to fade. And Saturn shines high, with its rings turned nearly edge on. > read more

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