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Orbits of 2012 VP<sub>113</sub> and Sedna

S. Sheppard / Carnegie Inst. of Science

New Object Offers Hint of “Planet X”

March 26, 2014 | Astronomers have kicked around the idea of a distant “Planet X” for decades. But the recent discovery of 2012 VP113, located in an orbital “no man’s land” roughly twice as far away as Pluto, has stoked the possibility that it really exists. > read more

Active Volcanoes on Venus?

March 24, 2014 | New images of Venus show features that look like hot spots, hinting there may be active volcanoes on the planet today. > read more

Chariklo: An Asteroid with Rings

March 27, 2014 | An international team of observers has made the surprising discovery that a distant asteroid has two distinct, dense rings. > read more

Rosetta Spots Its Comet

March 28, 2014 | The European Space Agency’s comet-chasing spacecraft has imaged its destination for the first time since waking up from 957 days of hibernation. > read more

Dark Matter Spotted in the Milky Way?

March 25, 2014 | A team of astronomers claim to have the most compelling case for annihilating dark matter yet. > read more

Observing
Times for April 2014's total lunar eclipse

Sky & Telescope diagram

April’s Total Eclipse of the Moon

March 28, 2014 | North Americans haven’t seen a total eclipse of the Moon since 2011. But this long dry spell breaks late on the night of April 14–15 as the Moon makes a leisurely pass through Earth’s deepest shadow. > read more

Tour April’s Sky by Eye and Ear!

March 28, 2014 | It’s a great month, celestially speaking: the brilliant stars of winter crowd in the southwest at nightfall, Jupiter is joined by Mars, and the first total lunar eclipse in 2½ years occurs at mid-month. > read more

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Clouds along the occultation path

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Global “Fail” for the Big Regulus Cover-up

March 27, 2014 | There was widespread hope that thousands of skywatchers would see the bright star Regulus briefly occulted by an asteroid early on March 20th. In the end, likely no one saw it. Here’s why. > read more

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

March 28, 2014 | Mars is nearing opposition, so are Ceres and Vesta, and the gigantic Winter Hexagon is falling over westward as spring takes hold. > read more

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