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Kepler Finds “Deep-Fried” Planets

December 23, 2011                                                                | The incredibly successful Kepler spacecraft is discovering alien solar systems at a dizzying pace. But it’s also found a system where two planets have apparently survived a journey inside their host star, during its swollen red-giant phase. > read more

Kepler Team Confirms Two Hot Earths

December 20, 2011                                                                | Of the Kepler mission’s 207 Earth-size candidate planets, two have just been officially confirmed as real. > read more

Young Stars Aren’t So Young

December 19, 2011                                                                | Astronomers age-dating the nearest large association of young stars have found that one subgroup may be twice as old as previously thought. > read more

NASA Taps a Rocket Scientist

December 20, 2011                                                                | With probes on the way to the Moon, Mars, and Pluto — and a multibillion-dollar space telescope gobbling up shrinking funds — astronomer and former astronaut John Grunsfeld agrees to take the helm of the space agency’s science division. > read more

Sky & Telescope February 2012

December 21, 2011                                                                | Sky & Telescope‘s February 2012 issue is now available to digital subscribers. > read more

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Comet Lovejoy from the ISS

NASA / D. Burbank

Comet Lovejoy Keeps on Giving

December 22, 2011                                                                | Its place in astronomical folklore already secure, having skirted very near the Sun and survived last week. But resilient Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3) is still strutting its stuff — with twin tails nearly 20° long — in predawn skies for observers in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s even drawing a crowd aboard the International Space Station! > read more

Jupiter: Big, Bright, and Beautiful

September 23, 2011                                                                | The “King of Planets,” which will dominate the evening sky from late 2011 through early 2012, is a captivating sight no matter how you look at it. > read more

Tour December’s Sky by Eye and Ear!

November 26, 2011                                                                  | Venus lurks low in the western twilight after sunset. But after it gets good and dark, swing around to the east to see dazzling Jupiter, the King of Planets, amid a tower of brilliant early-winter stars that extends from the horizon to overhead. > read more

Comet Garradd in Transition

December 2, 2011                                                                | A decently bright visitor from the solar system’s fringe has lingered in the evening sky for months. As it nears perihelion, Comet Garradd (C/2009 P1) will soon be seen better in northern morning skies before dawn. > read more

Uranus and Neptune in 2011

May 31, 2011                                                                  | Uranus and Neptune are easy to find with the aid of the charts in this article. > read more

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

Evening twilight

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

December 23, 2011                                                                  | Venus and the crescent Moon highlight Christmas Week twilights. And after ringing in the New Year, step outside for Sirius at the meridian. > read more

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Telescope in a store

S&T: Craig Michael Utter

Choosing Your First Telescope

December 14, 2007                                                                  | Every year millions of people buy a telescope, but few know what to look for when making their purchase. > read more

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