SKYWATCH: SPOT CERES AND VESTA, GALAXIES DELAYING STARBIRTH, AND MORE

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The LMC

Akira Fujii

Why Galaxies Delay Star Birth

February 5, 2014                                                                | Two teams have independently pinpointed the same key player in postponing the growth of the universe’s smaller galaxies. > read more

Mixed Message from Asteroid Belt

February 7, 2014                                                                | New compositional map of the main asteroid belt shows that minor planets are not strongly grouped by composition, as had been thought, but instead are mixed up. > read more

Observing

Path of Ceres and Vesta in 2014

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Ceres and Vesta in 2014

February 4, 2014                                                                | The two brightest asteroids are very close to each other in the sky in 2014, fitting in a single field of view through binoculars and some telescopes. > read more

Jupiter: Big, Bright, and Beautiful

February 6, 2014                                                                | The King of Planets reached opposition in the first half of January but it’s still big and bright, a captivating sight no matter how you look at it. > read more

Supernova in M82 Passes Its Peak

January 22, 2014                                                                | Supernova 2014J, in the galaxy M82 in Ursa Major, stopped brightening at magnitude 10.5 and now the merest trace fainter at 10.6. Spot it with your telescope above the Big Dipper. > read more

Tour February’s Sky by Eye and Ear!

January 31, 2014                                                                  | Jupiter is well up in the east as darkness falls, surrounded by a cohort of bright winter stars and constellations. > read more

Community

Crater on Mercury globe

Sky & Telescope

First Mercury Globe Now Available

February 3, 2014                                                                | Sky & Telescope announces the first-ever globe of Mercury, pieced together from the latest images taken by the Messenger spacecraft. It’s now available on our online store! > read more

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

February 7, 2014                                                                  | Jupiter is moving ever higher in the evening, and Mars and Saturn advance into better late-night view.  > read more

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