SKYWATCH: RACE AGAINST TIME FOR COMET FINDINGS, WATCH ALGOL WINK, AND MORE

LATEST NEWS

Philae Wins Race to Return Comet Findings

With its battery power failing, Philae became the “little lander than could” and managed to return results from all 10 of its science instruments before slipping into hibernation.

Why Is Jupiter’s Great Red Spot . . . Red?

Scientists think they’ve figured out what causes the mysterious ruddy coloring in the giant planet’s enormous oval storm.

Dark Galaxies Discovered in Coma Cluster

A bizarre set of galaxies in the Coma Cluster have lost most of their stars (or star-making material), making them especially rich in dark matter.

OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance – November 21 – 29

High in the northeast, the W pattern of Cassiopeia stands on end as early as 6 p.m. now, and on Tuesday, Mars shines next to a thin crescent Moon in twilight.

When Algol Winks, Will You Wink Back?

The dark ways of Algol, the Demon Star, and what it can teach us about stellar evolution.

COMMUNITY

Kavli Foundation Q&A: The Hunt for Dark Matter

On Thursday, November 20th, three astrophysicists answered questions about preparations for three recently funded dark matter experiments, and the likelihood that one of them will strike gold.

 

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