SKYWATCH: PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER NEXT WEEK, ALAN STERN’S NEW HORIZON REPORT, AND MORE

LATEST NEWS

Alan Stern: What We Found at Pluto

Alan Stern, the Principal Investigator of the New Horizons mission to Pluto, gives a first-hand account on the first results showing an icy wonderland on the dwarf planet’s surface.

Closest Rocky Exoplanet Found

Super-Earth HD 219134b is just 21 light-years away, orbiting a nearby orange star that you can see from your backyard.

Shedding New Light on Near-Earth Asteroids

Students captured an amazing video of a near-Earth asteroid this past month, demonstrating a powerful tool that’s being used to learn about some of our nearest celestial neighbors.

Brown Dwarfs Form Like Stars

Recent radio observations support the idea that brown dwarfs form like full-fledged stars do.

Microlensing Exoplanet Confirmed

Astronomers have confirmed the existence of an exoplanet found via microlensing – the first time they’ve been able to successfully follow up on this method.

OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

Plan for the Perseids!

Conditions will be ideal for watching this year’s Perseid meteor shower. Especially in North America.

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, August 7 – 15

Find Jupiter, fainter Mercury, and even fainter Regulus in a tight triangle this evening, and be sure to look out for early Perseids this weekend!

Let’s Get Serious About Ceres

With Ceres coming alive in the latest Dawn images, why not step outside and see it with your own eyes?

Tour August’s Sky: Perseids Aplenty!

August provides great views of Scorpius and Saturn in the south – and the impressive Perseid meteor shower.

COMMUNITY

Aloha to the World’s Astronomers

Hawai‘i is currently hosting the biggest astronomy conference worldwide to address current issues in astronomy – such as the contested construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea.

 

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