SKYWATCH: COMET TO FLY BY EARTH, SUPER SPIRAL GALAXIES, AND MORE

LATEST NEWS

Comet P/2016 BA14 to Make Historic Flyby of Earth

Sky & Telescope

Not one, but two, possibly related comets will make exceptionally close flybys of Earth on March 21–22. Here’s what we know and a guide on how to see them.

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Super Spiral Galaxies

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Astronomers have identified 53 “super spirals” — spiral galaxies that are huge and incredibly luminous — as part of a project exploring archived observations.

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ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter Heads to Space

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The launch of ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli lander heralds a new phase of Mars exploration.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, March 18 – 26

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Happy Spring! The vernal equinox occurs at 12:30 a.m. March 20th EDT / 9:30 p.m. March 19th PDT, and a penumbral lunar eclipse before dawn for North America on Wednesday morning.

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S&T‘s Astronomy Podcast for March 2016

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After months of excitement in the predawn sky, the action is shifting to the evening — where Jupiter rises early and the stars of Orion anchor an array of celestial sights.

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COMMUNITY

Help Keep Our Skies Dark – Join IDA Today

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It’s high time that we amateur astronomers got serious about protecting the night sky from light pollution.

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