SKYWATCH: ASTEROID HUNTER REVIVED, PLANET HUNTER SEEKS NEW PURPOSE, AND MORE

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WISE in orbit

NASA / JPL

More Asteroid Hunting for WISE Spacecraft

August 22, 2013                                                                | NASA officials thought they’d switched off the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer for good 2½ years ago. But soon it’ll be revived for three years to hunt for small asteroids in Earth’s vicinity. > read more

Kepler KO’d; NASA Ponders New Purpose

August 16, 2013                                                                | The disabled space telescope’s prolific planet-hunting run is officially over, as the team abandons efforts to salvage its full pointing ability and focuses on data analysis. Its next mission? Hunting for a job. > read more

Finding the Source of the Magellanic Stream

August 22, 2013                                                                | New observations solve the origins of a long rivulet of gas encircling the Milky Way. > read more

Old, Fat Stars Flicker

August 21, 2013                                                                | Observing the pattern of flickers in a star’s light offers a new way for astronomers to measure one of the basic properties of stars — and any exoplanets they might host. > read more

Observing

"Blue" Moon rising

Anthony Ayiomamitis

A True-Blue “Blue Moon”

August 21, 2013                                                                | August’s full Moon has come and gone. While it wasn’t the second one occurring this month, it was a “Blue Moon” according to a definition dating to the 1930s. > read more

Tour August’s Sky by Eye and Ear!

July 26, 2013                                                                  | This month is famous for the Perseid meteor shower, which arrives like  clockwork on the 12th and 13th. It’s also the best time of year to see the beautiful Milky Way arching overhead in early evening. > read more

Community

Four sheds at Sierra Remote Observatories

J. Kelly Beatty

An Observing Mecca in the Sierras

August 20, 2013                                                                | Who would have thought that, just 30 miles from a California city of 500,000+, you’d find some of the best stargazing in all of North America? > read more

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

Sagittarius with its Teapot is now in the south after nightfall.

Akira Fujii

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

August 23, 2013                                                                  | The waning Moon travels below the Great Square. And catch your first Algol eclipse of the season. > read more

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