SKYWATCH: CATCH THE GEMINID METEORS, THE REAL STORY ON KEPLER’S FAKES, AND MORE

LATEST NEWS

Kepler’s Giant Exoplanets — Real or Not?

A new study shows that about half of Kepler’s giant exoplanet candidates aren’t real planets. But astronomers expected this.

Japan’s Akatsuki Reaches Venus . . . At Last

Engineers executed an innovative contingency plan to save the Akatsuki spacecraft and place it in orbit around our sister planet.

Simulation Sees Supernova Innards

A new computer simulation provides a brief glimpse at what makes stellar bombs tick.

Forming Exoplanets Near and Very Far

Astronomers at the Extreme Solar Systems III conference announced several exciting results this week.

OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, December 11 – 19

Keep up with developments on Comet Catalina, catch this week’s meteor shower, find the Pleiades, and now that it’s wintertime, watch Sirius rise on the eastern horizon.

The Geminid Meteor Shower: Moonless & Marvelous

The nights of December 13th and 14th offer dark nights for this popular meteor display.

Tale of Capella and the Two Red Dwarfs

Bright Capella plays it close to the vest when it comes to companions, but with a good map and steady skies you can track down its dwarf binary.

Sky Tour Podcast: Planets & Meteors in December’s Sky

This month offers great variety in the night sky: planets (and a comet!) before dawn, a strong meteor shower, and a parade of bright stars after sunset.

COMMUNITY

Rate the Darkness of Your Sky

A new website shows how light pollution spreads around the globe — using data gathered by its users.

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