SKYWATCH: EXPLORE JUPITER TONIGHT, PLUTO’S MYSTERIOUS FLOATING HILLS, AND MORE

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New X-ray Observatory Takes to the Skies

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Japan’s newest X-ray satellite, Hitomi (formerly Astro-H), promises to reveal the hot and hidden universe.

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The Mystery of Pluto’s Floating Hills

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Among its other geologic oddities, Pluto has clusters of hills floating in a frozen “sea” dominated by nitrogen ice. These bobbing bumps might hold clues to the plain’s depth and evolution.

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How Astronomers Count Sunspots
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A multi-year investigation revealed errors in our understanding of the Sun.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, February 19 – 27

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Look for Castor and Pollux near the waxing Moon, then on February 23rd watch the Moon and Jupiter rise together.

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Jupiter Jumps Back Into the Evening Sky

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Jove begins a new apparition with a redder Red Spot, pirouetting moons, and ever-changing cloudscapes.

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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

How to Glimpse Omega Centauri

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The immense Omega Centauri is widely regarded as the most impressive globular cluster in the sky. Its deep southern location makes this object challenging to spot – but it can be done, as Italian observer Giuseppe Pappa explains.

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