SKYWATCH: COMET ISON BRIGHTENING, NEW ASTRO TECHNOLOGY, AND MORE

News
Superconducting photon detector

Spencer Bruttig

Will This New Technology Transform Astronomy?

November 11, 2013                                                                | Astronomy is ready for the next generation of detectors, and superconductors are at the heart of the coming revolution. > read more

Black Hole Spews Atoms

November 13, 2013                                                                | Observations reveal ionized metals in the jet shot out by a black hole, long-sought information that will help astronomers understand how these objects create their powerful beams. > read more

“Tails” of a Very Unusual Asteroid

November 12, 2013                                                                | What at first looked to be a comet that had snuck its way into the asteroid belt now appears to be a bizarre, fast-spinning space rock that’s occasionally shedding tails of dust. > read more

Observing

Comet ISON on November 10, 2013

John Vermette

Comet ISON Comes to Life!

November 14, 2013                                                                | Veteran comet observer John Bortle reports that Comet ISON is undergoing a major outburst. It was six times brighter when he observed it this morning (November 14th) than on the previous morning. > read more

The Next New Meteor Shower

November 12, 2013                                                                | Astronomers confirm that debris from Comet 209P/LINEAR should create a sky show on May 24, 2014 — but it looks less likely that a “storm” is in the works. > read more

Latest Updates on Comet ISON

November 15, 2013                                                                  | This much-anticipated comet may put on a good naked-eye show in the dawns of early December. Amateur astronomers everywhere are following it closely as it brightens! > read more

Tour November’s Sky by Eye and Ear!

October 31, 2013                                                                  | Returning at last to standard time, you’ll find Venus low in the west at sunset, Jupiter rising in late evening, and the winged horse Pegasus galloping across the November night sky. > read more

Community

Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory

S&T: Robert Naeye

Chile Astronomy Tour

August 5, 2013                                                                  | Join Sky & Telescope in Chile, the “astronomy capital of the world”! From March 27th to April 4th, 2014, we’ll visit world-class observatories, see breathtaking landscapes, and observe in some of the most pristine night skies. > read more

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

Evening view

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

November 15, 2013                                                                  | The bright Moon passes Jupiter and winter stars in the eastern evening sky. But there’s greater excitement in the east just before dawn: Comet ISON is suddenly brightening up, and Comet Lovejoy glows high. > read more

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