SKYWATCH: DAWN GATHERING OF VENUS, JUPITER, AND MARS, ROSETTA’S COMET SPLIT PAST, AND MORE

LATEST NEWS

A Dusty Mystery Around AU Microscopii

Unexplained ripples have been found racing outward in a dusty disk around a young star.

Rosetta’s Comet Began As Two

Comet 67P’s nucleus was born when two became one.

India Launches First Astronomy Satellite

AstroSat launched into orbit on September 28, 2015, and will soon start returning visible, ultraviolet, and X-ray images of the universe.

OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, October 9 – 17

In early dawn on Saturday morning the 10th, look east for the waning crescent Moon below the Venus-Jupiter-Mars collection. Later in the week, the crescent Moon returns to the evening twilight, joining Saturn and Arcturus.

“Blink” a Nova Tonight

Like people doing good imitations, novae often mimic planetary nebulae. Read on to learn how to watch the evolution of these tricksters using a common nebula filter.

Astronomy Podcast: Tour October’s Sky

Early risers will be treated to wonderful groupings of bright planets, and the evening sky offers excellent stargazing as well.

COMMUNITY

Searching for Alien Life with a “Super-Hubble” Space Telescope

Watch a Q&A with two astronomers on the promise of Hubble’s successor telescope, brought to you courtesy of The Kavli Foundation.

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