SKYWATCH: HISTORY-MAKING DISCOVERY OF BIG BANG, INTERACTIVE MOON MAP, AND MORE

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B-mode discovery telescope

Steffen Richter / BICEP Collaboration

First Direct Evidence of Big Bang Inflation

March 17, 2014                                                                | Researchers with an experiment based at the South Pole have discovered the long-sought “smoking gun” for inflation. The signal was hidden in polarization patterns in the cosmic microwave background and confirms physicists’ audacious theory of how the Big Bang happened. > read more

 

The Incredible, Shrinking Mercury

March 19, 2014                                                                | Now that they’ve seen all of the innermost planet up close, geologists realize that Mercury’s crust buckled and fractured as the planet cooled and shrank far more than previously measured. > read more

 

First Interactive Mosaic of the Lunar North Pole

March 21, 2014                                                                | With the first interactive lunar north pole mosaic released by the NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera team you can explore an area of the Moon’s northern hemisphere about the size of Alaska and Texas combined. > read more

 

Young Stars Lead the Magellanic Stream

March 19, 2014                                                                | Astronomers have discovered hot, young stars in the Leading Arm of the Magellanic Stream, calling the history of the Magellanic Clouds once again into question. > read more

 

Observing

Zodiacal light

ESO / Y. Beletsky

Zodiacal Light in the Evening

March 12, 2014                                                                | The zodiacal light is on its best display in the Northern Hemisphere on moonless evenings from February through April. > 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

 

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

March 21, 2014                                                                  | The Moon is waning away into the morning sky, leaving the evening dark for deep-sky observing. And can you catch the double shadow transit on Jupiter? > read more

 

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