SKYWATCH: ASTEROID’S FLY-BY, SEQUESTER HURTING ASTRONOMY, AND MORE

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Sequestration Impacts Astronomy, Space Science

May 31, 2013 | From international travel to interplanetary probes, the U.S. budget cuts are having major impacts on both ground- and space-based astronomy. > read more

Weird Glitch in a Cosmic Clock

May 29, 2013 | The sudden slowing of pulses coming from a spinning neutron star defy explanation — and might require a rethink of the universe’s most exotic denizens. > read more

No Planet of Alpha Centauri B?

May 27, 2013 | The uncertain tale of our closest exoplanet neighbor — is it there or isn’t it? — may end on a cliffhanger. > read more

Exoplanet Studies After Kepler: What’s next?

May 30, 2013 | In the wake of the apparent loss of the Kepler mission, the exoplanet community salutes one of its legends while pivoting to new ground- and space-based opportunities. > read more

Lots of Rocks Hit the Moon and Mars

May 29, 2013 | Thanks to high-definition cameras or orbiting spacecraft, planetary geologists are getting their first reliable stats for the impact rates on our neighbor worlds. > read more

OBSERVING
Radar images of asteroid 1998 QE<sub>2</sub> and its satellite

NASA / JPL / GSSR

Biggish Asteroid 1998 QE2 Pays Earth a Visit

May 30, 2013 | This week’s visit by asteroid 1998 QE2 is just a courtesy call, as it passes by on May 31st at 15 times the Moon’s distance. A NASA radar team has already discovered that this big space rock has a sizable companion. > read more

Tour June’s Sky by Eye and Ear!

May 31, 2013 | Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury crowd together low in the west right after sunset, while Saturn is sandwiched high in the south between the constellations Libra and Virgo. > read more

The May-June 2013 Planet Dance

May 23, 2013 | A remarkable series of events takes place low in the west-northwest shortly after sunset from late May to late June. It features the tightest three-planet grouping visible without binoculars until 2026 and an excellent apparition of Mercury. > read more

THIS WEEK’S SKY AT A GLANCE

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

May 31, 2013 | Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter now form a straight line low in the sunset afterglow. Jupiter soon sinks away, but Mercury is having its best apparition of 2013. > read more

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