SKYWATCH: WHAT WILL NEW HORIZONS SEE, AMATEUR OBSERVERS SEE RARE STELLAR ECLIPSE, AND MORE

LATEST NEWS

What Will New Horizons See – and When?

In his third “insider blog” about the New Horizons mission, principle investigator Alan Stern offers a look at the timetable for getting results from the historic flyby.

Pluto’s Perplexing Moons

New data on Pluto’s moons show that the system is more bizarre than previously thought.

Astronomers Observe Rare Stellar Eclipse

Amateur observers helped reveal a rare eclipse of a close stellar pair known as b Persei by a third companion star.

An Unusual Star: Wolf-Rayet Nasty 1

Starry cannibalism of Wolf-Rayet Star Nasty 1 may offer clues as to how massive, pre-supernova stars evolve.

OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, June 5 – 13

Jupiter and Venus form a nice evening pair, and Saturn is the brightest point glowing in the southeast after dark.

On the Move with Barnard’s Star and 61 Cygni

Stars may appear static, but they’re on the move. Put these two speed demons on your observing list this summer. When you return in a year or two, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Tour June’s Sky: An Epic Planet Pairing

Watch as the two brightest planets – Venus and Jupiter – edge closer together and culminate on June 30th with a dramatically close pairing.

COMMUNITY

Turn On to the International Year of Light!

The International Year of Light is well underway and provides a host of opportunities for astronomy outreach. Find out what programs and resources are available!

Through Sunday: Get That Star Atlas Cheap!

Every amateur astronomer needs a good star map. And this weekend is the best time to buy!

 

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