Sunspot cycle

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The Weakest Solar Cycle in 100 Years

July 24, 2013                                                                | Scientists are struggling to explain the Sun’s bizarre recent behavior. Is it a fluke, or a sign of a deeper trend? > read more

Snack Starts Swinging Around Black Hole

July 25, 2013                                                                | Astronomers around the world are watching as the gaseous object called G2 heads for a close pass around the Milky Way’s central supermassive black hole. Now it looks like the distended cloud is starting to swing back toward us. > read more

Spacecraft Look Back at Planet Earth

July 23, 2013                                                                | July 19th was a Big Day for our home planet, as two spacecraft, Cassini and Messenger, took snapshots of Earth and Moon from great distances. > read more


Radiant for Delta Aquariid meteors

Sky & Telesope diagram

Catch a “Shooting Star”

July 19, 2013                                                                | The Delta Aquariid meteor shower ramps up in late July, and you already have everything needed to enjoy the show: your eyes. > read more

Tour July’s Sky by Eye and Ear!

May 26, 2013                                                                  | At dusk, you’ll find Venus low in the west, Saturn well up in the south, and a celestial scorpion rising up in the east. Near the Scorpion’s stinger is a small star cluster that’s observable by eye. > read more

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

July 26, 2013                                                                  | Scorpius stands highest at nightfall, meteor showers are active, and the asteroid Juno awaits you at its brightest. > read more

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