SKYWATCH: RUSSIAN LAUNCH SUCCESS, A MOON FOR PLUTO’S NEIGHBOR, AND MORE

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Russian Space Observatory Launches

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Russia’s Mikhailo Lomonosov observatory takes to the skies on the hunt for gamma-ray bursts, cosmic rays, and near-Earth asteroids.

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Recovery Attempts End for Hitomi Satellite

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The Japanese space agency JAXA has officially ended recovery attempts for the tumbling Hitomi space observatory. They’ve also released a timeline covering the spacecraft’s failure last month.

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A Moon for Kuiper Belt’s Makemake

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Astronomers have been searching for companions to the distant dwarf planet Makemake for years. Finally, they’ve spotted one.

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Milky Way’s New Neighbor: A Giant Dwarf

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Astronomers have discovered a “feeble giant”: one of the largest dwarf galaxies ever seen around the Milky Way.

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Speedy Stars Weigh Milky Way’s Dark Matter Halo

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a . . . pair of hypervelocity stars? The surprising stellar duo may place constraints on the mass of our galaxy’s unseen dark matter halo.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, April 29 – May 7

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The last quarter Moon shines tonight, and even though Sunday brings May, wintry Sirius still twinkles very low in the west-southwest at the end of twilight.

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Tips for a Successful Star Party
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Planning a sidewalk stargazing event? Here are a few suggestions to make sure people walk away smiling.

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Tour May’s Sky: Jupiter Leads the Way

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Sky & Telescope’s astronomy podcast takes you on a guided tour of the night sky. Watch for Mars and Saturn near Scorpius before dawn and Jupiter near Leo after sunset.

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COMMUNITY

Introducing Sky & Telescope‘s Celestial Globe

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Our state-of-the-art representation of the entire celestial sphere lets you explore the stars above as never before. Now in stock!

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