SKYWATCH: THE LATEST ON RUSSIAN METEOR, MOON MEETS SPICA, AND MORE

Observing
Moon and Spica from Los Angeles

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The Moon Meets (and Hides) Spica

February 22, 2013                                                                | On Thursday, February 28th, late-evening skywatchers in the Americas can see a waning gibbous Moon nestled very close to Virgo’s alpha star. Those in Central and South America might even see the star wink out! > read more

Updates on Comet PanSTARRS

January 4, 2013                                                                  | Long awaited, Comet PanSTARRS now looks to reach only 3rd magnitude at its best in March, when it will be low in the western evening twilight for Northern Hemisphere observers. > read more

Tour February’s Sky by Eye and Ear!

February 1, 2013                                                                  | Evening skies feature two bright planets: Mercury, which lurks low in the west after sunset around the 16th, and Jupiter, which reigns high in the southern sky all month long. > read more

News
Meteor trail over Chelyabinsk

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Info on Russian Meteor Pours In

February 21, 2013                                                                | The fireball that exploded over Russia on February 15th left more than a million square feet of damaged windows, bringing home how fragile life on Earth can be. Here’s what S&T’s staff has managed to piece together about what happened. > read more

Tiniest Exoplanet Around a Sunlike Star

February 21, 2013                                                                | The Kepler mission has discovered an exoplanet smaller than Mercury orbiting a Sun-like star. > read more

“Black Rain” on Callisto and Ganymede

February 20, 2013                                                                | Those distant, dinky irregular moons of Jupiter are likely responsible for deep drifts of dark dirt on the two largest Galilean satellites. > read more

Stellar Senior Citizen

February 19, 2013                                                                | Astronomers have confirmed that the star HD 140283 is nearly as old as the universe. > read more

Baby Black Hole Discovered

February 18, 2013                                                                | Astronomers investigating a supernova remnant see nothi

This Week’s Sky at a Glance
Leo announces spring... .or at least spring's approach.

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

February 22, 2013                                                                  | Mercury fades from sight in the west. Saturn rises ever earlier in the east. And the Moon aligns with Regulus, Spica, and then Saturn. > read more

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ng but swirls of gas. The lack of stellar remains means the explosion must have birthed a black hole only 1,000 years ago. > read more

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