planet around Alpha Centauri B

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Planet Found in Alpha Centauri System

October 17, 2012 | Astronomers announced what might be the closest exoplanet to Earth, a roasted Earth-mass world whipping around the Sun-like star Alpha Centauri B. > read more


News From Across the Solar System

October 19, 2012 | From new models of the Moon’s formation to planets forming around distant stars, nearly 800 planetary scientists had plenty of new results to present this week when they met in Reno, Nevada. > read more


A Problem with Pluto’s Moons

October 17, 2012 | The discovery of two tiny moons circling the most famous “dwarf planet” has raised concerns that the New Horizons spacecraft might be endangered when it flies by in July 2015. > read more


A Taurid fireball

NASA / Hiroyuki Iida

October Meteors Slow and Fast

October 19, 2012 | As Earth wheels through the October portion of its orbit around the Sun, it passes through two reliable annual meteoroid streams: one fast, one slow, both long-lasting. > 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



Babak Tafreshi

S&T‘s Iceland Aurora Adventure

October 8, 2012 | Join Sky & Telescope 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
Binoculars help in bright twilight.

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

October 19, 2012 | The crescent Moon points to the pairup of Mars and Antares, then the gibbous Moon glides below the Square of Pegasus, and Arcturus becomes the Ghost of Summer Suns. > read more


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