SKYWATCH: ASTEROID HITS EARTH, 2014’S METEORS AND ECLIPSES, AND MORE

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Orbit of asteroid 2014 AA

JPL Horizons

Small Asteroid 2014 AA Hits Earth

January 2, 2014                                                                | Spotted on New Year’s Eve by a telescope in Arizona, a small asteroid struck Earth over the Atlantic Ocean — apparently unnoticed — just one day later. > read more

 

Deep Space Network’s Golden Anniversary

January 3, 2014                                                                  | Our lifeline to outer space began as a temporary, manually run network of radio dishes. The Deep Space Network, which turns 50 this year, now communicates with spacecraft traversing the whole solar system. > read more

 

Observing

Alan Dyer

Meteor Showers in 2014

December 30, 2013                                                                  | Sky & Telescope predicts that 2014’s best meteor shower won’t be one of the traditional displays. Instead, on May 24th the predawn skies over North America might come alive with a robust display of “shooting stars” shed by Comet 209P/LINEAR. > read more

 

Eclipses in 2014

December 30, 2013                                                                  | This year features three celestial cover-ups that favor North Americans: total lunar eclipses on April 15th and October 8th, and a partial solar eclipse on October 23rd. > read more

 

See Venus’s Thin Crescent

December 17, 2013                                                                | Venus usually appears pretty boring through a telescope. But from mid-December to mid-February it’s a spectacularly long, thin crescent. > read more

 

Tour January’s Sky by Eye and Ear!

December 27, 2013                                                                  | Start the new year right with a little evening stargazing! Venus is dropping from sight low in the west just as Jupiter and mighty Orion are ascending in the east. > read more

 

Community

Roger Sinnott

A New Year’s Resolution

January 3, 2014                                                                | Let’s commit to stopping the spread of light pollution, the single greatest threat to our enjoyment of the night sky. > read more

 

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

Jupiter on December 26th approaching opposition. South is up.

Christopher Go

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

January 3, 2014                                                                  | This is Jupiter’s week to shine — it’s at opposition! Also lighting the evening sky is the Moon, waxing past first quarter on Tuesday the 7th. > read more

 

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