SKYWATCH: SEE THE PERSEIDS THIS WEEK, SPOT A UNIQUE COMET IN OUTBURST, AND MORE

LATEST NEWS

Possible Replacement for Hitomi X-Ray Observatory

Sky & Telescope

JAXA and NASA are looking at the possibility of replacing the dead Hitomi X-ray observatory, with a potential launch around 2020.

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Cloud Punches Hole in Milky Way

Sky & Telescope

An intergalactic cloud has slammed into the Milky Way Galaxy and left a big hole.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, August 5 – 13

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The Perseids are coming! Keep an eye out for Perseids all this week: the shower is due to peak late Thursday night the 11th, but it’s active at lesser levels for many nights before and several nights after. Some predictions are calling for an exceptionally profilic shower this year.

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Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 Blows Its Top . . . Again!

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Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 has gone into outburst again, wracked by yet another eruption of gas and dust. See it while you can!

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Tour August’s Sky: Perseids and Planets Aplenty

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Heading outside Thursday night/Friday morning to see the Perseids? Download our astronomy podcast and take it with you for a guided tour of the night sky.

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COMMUNITY

Sending 37,000 Solar Glasses to Africa for September’s Annular Eclipse

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Astronomers Without Borders wants to equip children across Africa with the solar shades they’ll need to see September 1st’s annular eclipse. Here’s how they’ll do it.

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Last Chance for Iceland Auroras with Sky & Telescope

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Iceland is a country full of fascinating contradictions, none so fascinating as its aurora. Come explore with Sky & Telescope in October 2016!

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