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1967 Solar Flare Nearly Took U.S. and Soviets to Brink of War

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An historical study from former U.S. military officials found that a solar flare was nearly responsible for military conflict with the Soviet Union in May 1967.

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Dawn at Ceres: The Inside Story

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Careful tracking of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft reveals that Ceres has a rocky core and a thick ice-and-salt crust. Maybe a briny ocean still lies buried inside.

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Titan’s Flooded Canyons

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Cassini radar observations reveal a channel system on Saturn’s biggest moon, Titan, that is drowned in liquid methane.

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Search for Fourth Neutrino Goes Cold

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The Antarctic observatory known as IceCube has ruled out the existence of a fourth type of neutrino particle — and one-time dark matter contender — known as the light sterile neutrino.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, August 12 – 20

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If you missed the Perseids last night, try again – the shower should still be active late tonight and at lesser levels for the next few days. Meanwhile, the Moon turns full on Wednesday and Venus returns to evening skies.

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A Real Scorcher! – Sirius At Heliacal Rising

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Make a connection to a time when stars were used to track seasons and predict natural events by watching the heliacal rising of Sirius.

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Tour August’s Sky: Planets Aplenty

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The Perseids may have peaked, but the night skies still have quite a show in store for us this month. Download our podcast and get a guided tour of the night sky.

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COMMUNITY

Yes, the Perseids Did Very Nicely

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Late-night skywatchers were rewarded with a fine showing of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Whether it was really twice its normal peak visual intensity, as was widely predicted, awaits a final count.

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Amateur Spectroscopy for Beginners: Webinar coming up!

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S&T contributing editor and amateur spectroscopist Tom Field joins S&T senior editor Alan MacRobert to talk all things spectroscopy – whether you’ve always wanted to try it or you’ve got questions about ongoing projects, here’s your chance to talk to the experts.

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