SKYWATCH: GRAVITATIONAL WAVES DETECTED, NEGLECTED NEBULAE IN ORION, AND MORE

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Gravitational Wave Detection Heralds New Era of Astronomy

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LIGO scientists have announced the direct detection of gravitational waves, a discovery that won’t just open a new window on the cosmos – it’ll smash the door wide open.

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Galaxies Hidden Behind the Milky Way

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Astronomers have detected hundreds of galaxies lying hidden behind our galaxy’s disk, many of which belong to the so-called Great Attractor.

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Mirror Assembled for Hubble’s Successor

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NASA has assembled the primary mirror for the James Webb Space Telescope, a big step on the way to the telescope’s October 2018 launch.

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Dark Matter Makes Galaxy Clusters Clump

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Observations of nearly 9,000 galaxy clusters support the idea that fast-forming clusters huddle together more.

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Stars Form in Turbulent Times

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New images of four disks around forming stars known as protostars suggest that the star formation process is much more violent than previously thought.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, February 12 – 20

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Learn how to spot the Winter Hexagon and see the first-quarter Moon for Valentine’s Day.

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Overlooked Wonders In Orion’s Shadow

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The Orion Nebula gets a lot of attention from observers and rightly so, but we sometimes pass by a host of other deep-sky objects and double stars right at its doorstep.

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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

Planet Hunter Wins Amateur Research Award

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Amateur astronomer Daryll LaCourse has discovered several new exoplanet candidates and more than 100 eclipsing pairs of stars.

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AAS Adopts WorldWide Telescope

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The largest national association of astronomers is now the new home of a virtual observatory known as the WorldWide Telescope.

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