SKYWATCH: BIG BANG CONTROVERSY, COOKING UP MASSIVE STARS, AND MORE

 

LATEST NEWS

Three Exoplanet Molds: Metals Matter

The latest data from the crippled Kepler space telescope point to three distinct molds of exoplanets — rocky planets, gas dwarfs, and ice or gas giants — distinguishable based on the level of heavy elements in their host star’s atmosphere.

 

Cooking Up High-Mass Stars

A new study finds every stage of star formation in a single cloud, firmly backing a popular star-formation recipe.

 

Big Bang Inflation Evidence Inconclusive

New analyses suggest that observations heralded as evidence for the universe’s brief growth spurt don’t conclusively show what researchers thought they did.

OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

 

This Week’s Sky at a Glance: June 6 – 13

The Moon meets Mars and Saturn in the evening sky this week.

Tour June’s Sky: Three Planets In View

Days are longest and nights shortest during June. But you can still get an eyeful of celestial sights with Kelly Beatty’s guided audio tour.

COMMUNITY NEWS

New E-Book: Summer Deep-Sky Observing

Look a little deeper into the summer sky with our new e-book, Summer Deep-Sky Observing. We’ll have you happily busy at your telescope all season long!

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