SKYWATCH: HUBBLE’S BIRTHDAY, SOLAR ERUPTION, AND MORE

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Tarantula Nebula from Hubble and others

NASA / ESA / D. Lennon et al.

Bulletin at a Glance

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Hubble Celebrates Birthday as Shuttle Retires

April 18, 2012 | Hubble is beginning celebrations early for its 22nd birthday with this composite image, a fantastic combination of ground- and space-based observations of the Tarantula Nebula. > read more

Watch April 16th’s Solar Flare!

April 17, 2012 | The Sun erupted yesterday in a magnificent display, and more might be on its way. > read more

WISE Identifies Mystery Sources

April 17, 2012 | Astronomers are using infrared observations from NASA’s WISE spacecraft to identify sources seen at energies a million times greater. The work may help astronomers figure out whether they’ve detected unknown cosmic phenomena. > read more

Observing

Sky map for Lyrid meteors

Sky & Telescope diagram

A Good Year for Lyrid Meteors

April 19, 2012 | If you’ve never tried to observe late April’s Lyrid meteor shower, this might be the year to try — thanks to moonless skies and a peak that favors North America. > read more

Tour April’s Sky by Eye and Ear!

March 29, 2012 | April stands to be a great month for planet-watching. Venus and Jupiter are over in the west, Mars is high up in the southeast, and Saturn pairs with the bright star Spica low over the eastern horizon. > read more

Mars Takes Center Stage

March 5, 2012 | The Red Planet (actually yellow-orange) is the brilliant “star” climbing steadily in the east these evenings. Now’s your best chance to examine our next-out planetary neighbor. > read more

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

Looking west in bright twilight

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

April 20, 2012 | Venus is attaining its greatest height and brilliance in twilight, while Jupiter slinks away far below. Elsewhere in the evening sky, Mars pairs with Regulus and Saturn pairs with Spica. > read more

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NorthEast Astronomy Forum in 2008

S&T: Dennis diCicco

Come to NEAF April 28-29

April 20, 2012 | Make plans to attend the largest annual astronomy trade show in America: the Northeast Astronomy Forum & Telescope Show. > read more

The World Celebrates Astronomy

March 28, 2012 | People are coming together this April for Global Astronomy Month 2012, a planetwide celebration of astronomy designed to bring people together through star parties, music and artistic performances, online observing events, and much more. > read more

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