SKYWATCH: EXOPLANET BONANZA, OBSERVING THE ORION NEBULA, AND MORE

News

NASA

Kepler’s Planets by the Hundreds

February 27, 2014                                                                | Old data from NASA’s crippled Kepler space telescope has yielded a new windfall of confirmed exoplanets, nearly doubling the number tallied since 1992. > read more

Rocky Encounter with Stellar Lighthouse

February 28, 2014                                                                | Asteroid debris might be bombarding a radio pulsar in the constellation Puppis. > read more

Mapping the Large Magellanic Cloud in 3D

February 25, 2014                                                                | A team of astronomers has assembled the first fully 3-dimensional view of stellar motions in a nearby galaxy. > read more

A Meteorite Lights up the Lunar Night

February 24, 2014                                                                | Astronomers have witnessed the largest lunar impact to date. With an impact energy equivalent to 15 tons of TNT — approximately 3 times as great as the previous record-holder — the flash was visible even to the naked-eye. > read more

Pesky Problems for Lunar Reflectors

February 21, 2014                                                                | For more than 40 years, astronomers have been firing lasers at specially-designed reflectors left on the lunar surface. But over time they’ve gotten dusty — and especially finicky whenever there’s a full Moon. > read more

Observing

Jeff Ball

Observing The Great Orion Nebula

February 26, 2014                                                                  | This star-studded pool of misty light provides a feast for observers. > read more

Supernova in M82 Passes Its Peak

February 28, 2014                                                                | Supernova 2014J, in the galaxy M82 in Ursa Major, peaked at magnitude 10.5 in early February and is now down to 11.7. Spot it with your telescope above the Big Dipper. > read more

Tour March’s Sky by Eye and Ear!

February 28, 2014                                                                  | A stunning array awaits you overhead once the Sun sets. Brilliant Sirius, along with Procyon, Betelgeuse, and even-brighter Jupiter, form a giant diamond in the evening sky. > read more

Community

Comet ISON Photo Contest Winners

February 21, 2014                                                                  | Announcing the winners of Sky & Telescope’s Comet ISON photo contest, sponsored by Celestron. > read more

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

February 28, 2014                                                                  | The waxing crescent Moon returns to the evening sky, and Sirius points the way to Canopus. > read more

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