SKYWATCH: BRIGHT SUPERNOVA IN M82, MERCURY’S EVENING SHOW, AND MORE

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The End of Rosetta’s Big Sleep

January 20, 2014                                                                | Europe’s comet-chasing spacecraft woke up after a 957-day-long hibernation to begin the most comprehensive comet study to date. Part of its mission: attempt to place an instrumented lander on a comet’s nucleus for the first time. > read more

“Dwarf Planet” Ceres Exhales Water

January 23, 2014                                                                | There’ll be a new wrinkle facing NASA’s Dawn spacecraft when it reaches Ceres next year: what’s causing this big round ball to give off puffs of water vapor? > read more

Opportunity’s 10-year Martian Marathon

January 24, 2014                                                                | Can you believe it? A robotic rover designed to last 90 days on the Red Planet is celebrating 10 years of successful exploration on the Red Planet — even taking a “selfie” for its handlers back on Earth. > read more

New View of Lagoon Nebula

January 24, 2014                                                                | A new image of the Lagoon Nebula from the Paranal Observatory in Chile provides a stunning view the object, which lies Sagittarius at a distance 5000 light-years from Earth.  > read more

Become a Citizen Scientist

January 2, 2014                                                                  | Join astronomers in two new citizen science projects, Space Warps and Planet Four, that will have you investigating the warped light from faraway galaxies and the ever-changing Martian landscape. > read more

Observing

Supernova in Messier 82

Leonid Elenin

Bright Supernova in M82

January 22, 2014                                                                | Supernova 2014J has erupted to 11th magnitude in the galaxy M82 in Ursa Major. It’s visible in amateur telescopes in the evening sky. > read more

Mercury’s Best Show of 2014

January 24, 2014                                                                | Mercury puts on its best show of the year for mid-northern latitudes around the end of January. > 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

Babak Tafreshi

S&T‘s Iceland Aurora Tour

January 22, 2014                                                                  | Join Sky & Telescope on the aurora adventure of a lifetime in October, 2014! Walk through a rift valley, witness magnificent waterfalls and the Strokkur geyser, bathe in the Blue Lagoon, and best of all, maximize your chances of seeing the beautiful Northern Lights. > read more

F+W Media Acquires Sky & Telescope

January 21, 2014                                                                  | For only the second time in its 73-year history, ownership of Sky & Telescope has changed hands. On Friday, January 17th, F+W Media, Inc. acquired New Track Media, LLC, the parent company of Sky & Telescope magazine. > read more

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

January 24, 2014                                                                  | Mercury after sunset, and Venus before sunrise, have both climbed up into excellent view. After nightfall, Jupiter continues to dominate the moonless evening sky. > read more

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