SKYWATCH: ICELAND AURORA ADVENTURE, BREWING METEOR STORM, AND MORE

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NEWS
UKIRT

Joint Astronomy Centre

World-Class Telescope For Sale

October 8, 2012 | The impending closure of the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope might be averted if the observatory’s director can find a buyer. > read more

Freshest Mars Rock Contains Evidence for Water

October 11, 2012 | An international team of scientists has teased apart the secrets hidden inside a meteorite from Mars, including signs that the rock weathered acidic water while on the Red Planet. > read more

Star Draws Spiral

October 10, 2012 | ALMA observations have revealed a spiral buried inside a shell surrounding the star R Sculptoris. While not the first of its kind discovered, the spiral does show that the star is hiding something. > read more

OBSERVING
Orbit of Comet 209P/LINEAR

NASA / JPL / Horizons

Meteor Storm Brewing for 2014?

October 9, 2012 | Dynamicists know for certain that on May 24, 2014, Earth will plow through a dense stream of dust particles shed by the periodic comet 209P/LINEAR. The only question is: how intense will the assault be? > read more

Tour October’s Sky by Eye and Ear!

August 27, 2012 | Mars is managing to hang on low in the west after sunset, while in the east you’ll see the Square of Pegasus and, later on, the giant planet Jupiter. > read more

COMMUNITY

Babak Tafreshi

Sky & Telescope‘s Iceland Aurora Adventure

October 8, 2012 | Join S&T on the aurora adventure of a lifetime in April, 2013! Walk through a rift valley, witness magnificent waterfalls and the Strokkur geyser, bathe in the Blue Lagoon, and best of all, maximize your chances of seeing the beautiful Northern Lights. > read more

THIS WEEK’S SKY AT A GLANCE
Bright twilight

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

October 12, 2012 | Jupiter has been climbing into good view a half hour earlier every week, accompanied by a grand retinue of celestial objects seen and unseen. On the other side of the sky, Mars is finally passing rival Antares in twilight.> read more

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