SKYWATCH: DAZZLING PERSEIDS, A TEENY BIG BLACK HOLE, AND MORE

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Teeny Supermassive Black Hole

Astronomers have identified the smallest supermassive black hole ever detected in a galaxy’s center.

Gigantic Protogalaxy in the Cosmic Web

Astronomers have found that a massive filament of gas in the early universe actually seems to be a humongous, galaxy-forming disk.

“The Universe Is Dying” – So What?

Recent headlines proclaim that the universe is dying, but we’ve actually known that for decades. Here’s what’s really interesting about recent research on the nearby universe.

Sunspots and Climate Change, Naming Exoplanets, and More from the IAU

Read the latest results from the world’s largest astronomy conference.

OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, August 14-22

Enjoy some time with the Teapot of Sagittarius, spot Saturn in the southwest, and watch the thin crescent Moon grow.

Rosetta’s Comet Beckons at Dawn

We’ve patiently waited for Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko to grow bright enough to see in amateur telescopes. That time has finally arrived. Here’s how to spot it before dawn.

Tour August’s Sky!

August provides great views of Scorpius and Saturn in the south.

Our Late Night Under the Perseids

Right on schedule, meteors bright and faint rewarded patient watchers on the shower’s peak night. Well, many watchers, anyway.

COMMUNITY

Former S&T Editor Wins Walter Scott Houston Award

The North East Region of the Astronomical League (NERAL) announces the presentation of the prestigious 2015 NERAL Walter Scott Houston award to former Sky & Telescope editor Dennis di Cicco.

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