SKYWATCH: SEE FIVE PLANETS AT DAWN, DOES THE SOLAR SYSTEM HAVE A NEW PLANET?, AND MORE

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Old Stars’ Fossil Fields

Astronomers have confirmed that strong magnetic fields are frozen in place deep inside aging stars.

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Making the Case for Planet Nine

Does a massive, extremely distant planet orbit the Sun? A new analysis of distant solar-system orbits argues that it should exist.

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Seeing Shadows of Ancient Galaxies

A new technique lets astronomers measure nearly invisible clouds of hydrogen gas from across the universe.

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Brightest Supernova Baffles Astronomers

The most luminous supernova ever discovered, ASASSN-15lh, challenges a popular theory for blazingly bright exploding stars.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, January 22 – 30

The Moon grows to full on Saturday, passing through Gemini in the late evening hours. Plus, find the Winter Hexagon in the east and south.

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Get Up Early, See Five Planets at Once!

Over the next two weeks, for the first time in more than a decade, you can see all of the naked-eye planets — from Mercury to Saturn — together in the predawn sky.

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Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2016

Solar eclipses take center stage this year, with a total event on March 9th (visible from Indonesia) and an annular (central Africa) on September 1st.

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S&T‘s Astronomy Podcast for January 2016

Download our monthly stargazing podcast to learn about a close pairing of Venus and Saturn before dawn, a strong meteor shower, and a parade of bright stars after sunset.

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