SKYWATCH: COMET OUTBURST, SOLAR ECLIPSE COMING SOON, AND MORE

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distant galaxy

V. Tilvi (Texas A&M), S. Finkelstein (UT Austin), the CANDELS team, and HST / NASA

A Galaxy Near Cosmic Dawn

October 25, 2013                                                                | Astronomers have confirmed that light from a distant galaxy is reaching us from about 700 million years after the Big Bang. The galaxy’s emission hints that star formation during that era might have proceeded at a much faster rate than previously thought. > read more

 

Planck Spacecraft Shut Down

October 23, 2013                                                                | After four years of exquisite observations, the latest mission to study the universe’s earliest light has been shuttered. But this end is a happy one and comes with a significant cosmological legacy. > read more

 

Why Do We Call Them “Asteroids”?

October 25, 2013                                                                | When astronomers discovered the first objects orbiting between Mars and Jupiter, at first they didn’t know what to call them. Today we know them as asteroids, and the creator of that term has finally been identified. > read more

 

Observing

Comet 2012 X1 (LINEAR) in outburst on October 22, 2013

Maximilian Teodorescu

Surprise! Amateur Astronomers Report a Comet Outburst

October 23, 2013                                                                | Next door to Comet ISON in the eastern pre-dawn sky, Comet C/2012 X1 (LINEAR) has without warning exploded from magnitude 14 to magnitude 8. > read more

 

November 3rd’s Rare Solar Eclipse

October 14, 2013                                                                | Syzygially speaking, the year’s big event is a “hybrid” solar eclipse with a path that zooms across the Atlantic Ocean and central Africa. Lucky viewers along the Eastern Seaboard can (carefully) view a partial solar eclipse at dawn.  > read more

 

Tour October’s Sky by Eye and Ear!

September 27, 2013                                                                  | Venus blazes low in the west at sunset, while Jupiter rules the late-night sky. This month also features a penumbral lunar eclipse, a minor meteor shower, and the Great Worldwide Star Count. > read more

 

Community

Comet ISON Photo Contest

Announcing the Comet ISON Photo Contest

October 24, 2013                                                                | Sky & Telescope is now accepting submissions to the Comet ISON Photo Contest! > read more

 

Preserving an Astronomical Legacy

October 22, 2013                                                                  | More than 220,000 fragile glass plates of yesteryear’s night sky are now being preserved forever in digital form.  > read more

 

Professionals and Amateurs Get Together

October 21, 2013                                                                  | Astronomers are building new pro-am collaborations and actively seeking participants in these projects. > read more

 

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

November 3rd's partial solar eclipse at sunrise

Sky & Telescope illustration / source: Stellarium

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

October 18, 2013                                                                  | Arcturus becomes the Ghost of Summer Suns, Jupiter shines late, and the waning Moon leaves the evening sky dark for deep-sky hunts. > read more

 

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