SKYWATCH: TRANSIT OF MERCURY MONDAY, WATCH THE LIVE WEBCAST, AND MORE

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Where the Big Bird Neutrino May Come From

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Scientists might have found the source of an incredibly energetic particle that bored into the Antarctic ice sheet.

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Earth-size Planets Discovered Around Nearby Dwarf Star

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Astronomers just discovered three planets, two of which are roughly the size of Earth, orbiting a dim nearby dwarf star. Their proximity makes their atmospheres ripe for observing.

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Light Echoes Map Planet-forming Disk

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Light’s finite speed helped astronomers pinpoint the location of the “inner wall” of the disk of dust and gas that’s feeding a fast-growing baby star.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, May 6 – 14

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Spot the hairline crescent Moon on Saturday evening – give it a try 20-30 minutes after sunset. And all week, the Mars-Saturn-Antares triangle awaits intrepid skywatchers in early dawn.

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May 9th Transit of Mercury: Everything You Need to Know

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On Monday the littlest planet will cross the enormous Sun for viewers in most of the world. Find timetables for your location, a viewing guide, and safe solar observing tips.

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Hunting Giant Planetary Nebulae
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Mind your elders the next clear night and pay a visit to some of Spring’s biggest and most ancient planetary nebulae.

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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

Live Webcast of Transit of Mercury

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Join Sky & Telescope‘s experts as they describe why Mercury is crossing the Sun’s disk, and why scientists worldwide are watching. Tune in at the top of each hour, beginning at 7:00 a.m. EDT (11:00 Universal Time), for commentary and interviews.

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UPDATE {MAY 9, 2016}: FOR A VIEW OF MERCURY’S TRANSIT, AS WELL AS WONDERFUL FACTS AND INFORMATION ON THE PLANET MERCURY AND THE HISTORY OF TRANSITS, CLICK  HERE. TO SEE IT LIVE AT SLOOH.COM.  ENJOY!

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