Nessie infrared dark cloud


Mapping the Milky Way

January 18, 2013                                                                | New observations of spaghetti-thin clouds, faraway star-forming regions and mysterious magnetic fields are revealing the hard-to-see structure of the galaxy we call home. > read more

Galactic Bubbles Spark Debate

January 16, 2013                                                                | New microwave and radio observations resurrect controversy over gigantic lobes seen ballooning from the Milky Way’s center.  > read more

NuSTAR’s New Views

January 13, 2013                                                                | NASA’s newest high-energy X-ray telescope has released two stunning images of a stellar explosion and ravenous black holes. > read more

Floating Ice on Titan?

January 15, 2013                                                                | Astronomers had thought that ice on the Saturnian moon’s methane-ethane seas would sink. But a new study suggests that, if the right conditions are met, ice could actually float on this alien-Earth world. > read more

Mapping Alien Atmospheres in 3D

January 12, 2013                                                                | A new technique charts the stormy weather of a brown dwarf 35 light-years away, allowing astronomers to probe deep into the atmosphere as well as across the cloud tops. > read more


The Moon meets Jupiter

Jupiter Dances with the Moon

January 16, 2013                                                                | On the night of Monday, January 21, 2013. Jupiter, the second-brightest planet, appears less than a finger-width from the Moon as seen from North America. And in much of South America, the Moon passes in front of Jupiter, hiding it from view.  > read more

Tour January’s Sky by Eye and Ear!

January 1, 2013                                                                  | Jupiter is the unrivaled king of the evening sky this month. Use it as a benchmark to find a pair of star clusters and other interesting celestial sights. > read more


Rob McNaught amid fire damage

Rob McNaught

The Saga of an Astronomer’s Hat

January 18, 2013                                                                  | When a rampaging bushfire tore through Australia’s Warrumbungle National Park, home to Siding Spring Observatory, it spared all of the telescopes but destroyed the homes of several staffers — the author’s among them.  > read more

Fire Damages Siding Spring Observatory

January 13, 2013                                                                | Yesterday bushfires swept through Australia’s Warrumbungle National Park, home to Siding Spring Observatory. The telescopes there appear to have escaped harm, but some support facilities and staff homes were destroyed. > read more

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

January 18, 2013                                                                  | The brightening Moon passes close by Jupiter as it moves eastward toward fullness. And when Sirius culminates in late evening now, can you see Canopus below it? > read more

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