SKYWATCH: SEE THE MERCURY-MOON-VENUS CONJUNCTION SATURDAY MORNING, FIREBALL OVER THE EAST COAST, AND MORE

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Giant Cloud Came from the Milky Way

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The massive Smith Cloud falling toward our galaxy’s disk is likely from the Milky Way, not a visitor.

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East Coast Bolide Triggers Hunt for Meteorites

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A blazing-bright fireball that lit up the early evening sky on January 30th appears to have scattered meteorites near the Pennsylvania- Maryland border. Now the search is on to find them.

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A Galaxy Hit-and-Run

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Ripples found in the Milky Way’s disk reveal our galaxy survived an ancient hit-and-run. Now, astronomers might have caught the culprit.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, February 5 – 13

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See the five planets in the pre-dawn hours while you still can, and catch a conjunction between Moon, Venus, and Mercury on the morning of February 6th.

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Saturday Morning: Moon, Venus, and Mercury

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Two planets and a pretty crescent Moon gather low above the southeastern horizon before dawn on February 6th.

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It’s Not Over Til the Fast Planet Sinks

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This week and early next will be your last chance to see five planets – six if you count Earth – at dawn. Nature’s even throwing in a bonus Venus-Mercury-Moon conjunction on February 6th.

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S&T‘s Astronomy Podcast for February 2016

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This month’s audio sky tour starts before dawn, when you can spot all five bright planets by eye, and moves to the sparkling stars seen on winter evenings.

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COMMUNITY

The Kavli Foundation Q&A: How Does Citizen Science Drive Discovery?

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Crowd-sourcing the universe: Thanks to online portals, legions of volunteer astronomers are turning their eyes to the sky and doing extraordinary science. Three scientists discuss the future of citizen astronomy.

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