SKYWATCH: CERES BRIGHT SPOT IS SALTY, SATURN AND MARS IN THE EVENING, AND JEWELS AT MIDNIGHT, AND MORE

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Ceres Bright Spot is Salty

Sky & Telescope

Spectral observations by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft reveal that the dwarf planet’s mysterious beacon is made of salt.

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First Chiral Molecule Discovered in Space
Sky & Telescope
The discovery of a chiral molecule in space has the potential to sort out one of the biggest mysteries in the chemistry of life.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, July 1 – 9

Sky & Telescope

See Mars and Saturn in the south these evenings. And if you have a telescopic, find three double stars in Scorpius, which stands to Saturn’s right by about a fist at arm’s length.

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Midnight Meridian Morsels

Sky & Telescope

Late June offers a grab bag of clusters and nebulae “lined up” at the midnight hour. Time your southern deep-sky viewing with meridian passage and you’ll be a happy camper.

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Tour July’s Sky: Planets on Parade

Sky & Telescope

Sky & Telescope‘s astronomy podcast takes you on a guided tour of the night sky. In early evening look for Jupiter in the southwest, with Mars and Saturn embedded in Scorpius toward south.

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COMMUNITY

Rolf G. Meier (1953-2016)

Sky & Telescope

Amateur astronomy has lost a dedicated observer and successful visual comet hunter.

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