The rich Cepheus-Cygnus-Aquila stretch of the Milky Way starts rising up across the eastern sky late these nights, and with June well under way, the Big Dipper has swung around to hang down by its handle high in the northwest during evening.
It’s showtime for the King of the Rings! Time to get your telescope out to see and share Saturn, which comes to opposition this week.
Sky & Telescope’s astronomy podcast takes you on a guided tour of the night sky. After the Sun sinks from view, enjoy watching Mars and Saturn near Scorpius in the southeast and Jupiter near Leo well up in the southwest.
Astronomers re-analyzed two-year-old data from the ALMA observatory in Chile and discovered gas gaps that probably indicate baby planets in the disk around a young star.
A unique galaxy loaded with hard-to-produce heavy elements sheds light on stellar histories and galactic evolution. The Kavli Foundation hosted a Q&A with three astronomers to probe this discovery.