SKYWATCH: CLOSEST BROWN DWARFS DISCOVERED, TOUR APRIL’S SKY, AND MORE

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Closest Brown Dwarfs

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Closest Brown Dwarf System Discovered

March 26, 2013 | Two newly discovered brown dwarfs lie just 6.5 light-years away, making them the closest brown dwarfs known, the third-closest star system known, and best of all, a promising target for exoplanet studies. > read more

Does a Famous Nova Have a “Suicide Pact”?

March 25, 2013 | The usual fate for a recurrent nova is that a white dwarf fattens up at the expense of its companion and then explodes as a supernova. But the two stars of the system T Pyxidis might be bringing about their own destruction in an unusual way. > read more

Mission Planning for the Public

March 27, 2013 | A NASA web-based tool plots trajectories to your favorite planet or near-Earth object. > read more

Is Saturn’s Family Showing Its Age?

March 28, 2013 | A detailed analysis of Cassini images suggests that the rings of moons of Saturn are ancient creations that in recent times have been coated to varying degrees by a dark, reddish patina. > read more

OBSERVING
Saturn and Spica in April

Sky & Telesope diagram

Tour April’s Sky by Eye and Ear!

March 29, 2013 | Celebrate “Global Astronmy Month” by strolling outside to take in all the evening sky sights. Jupiter and Sirius frame Orion nicely in the west, while Saturn is low in the east an hour or two after sunset. > read more

THIS WEEK’S SKY AT A GLANCE

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

March 29, 2013 | Jupiter, Orion, and Sirius move lower in the western evening sky. Arcturus climbs in the east. And the late-night waning Moon passes Saturn. > read more

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