SKYWATCH: SEE JUPITER-VENUS AND SATURN-MARS IN EVENING SKIES, DOES A FIFTH FORCE PERMEATE THE UNIVERSE?, AND MORE

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Does a Fifth Force Permeate the Universe?

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Physicists think a fifth force could explain an anomaly spotted in a nuclear physics experiment. If true, it could have huge ramifications – but that’s a big if.

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Amateurs Help Discover Pulsing White Dwarf

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Amateur astronomers worked together with the pros in the discovery of the pulsing white dwarf in the variable system known as AR Scorpii.

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Tabby’s Star: Universe’s Weirdest Star Just Got a Little Weirder

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A new study on KIC 8462852, the star of alien megastructure fame, finds yearlong trends that effectively rule out the one working theory astronomers had to explain this strange star.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, August 19 – 27

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The waning gibbous Moon rises due east around the end of twilight Saturday evening. Look to its upper left for the Great Square of Pegasus tipped up on one corner – a sign of fall’s approach.

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Two Planet Pairs Perform at Dusk

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As twilight fades during the rest of August, follow two planetary dances going on in different parts of the sky.

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Palling Around with the Palomar Globular Clusters
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The intriguing Palomar globular clusters will challenge observers with modest to large telescopes, while providing a satisfying ramble around the galactic halo.

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COMMUNITY

New Astrophotography Webinar: Nightscapes with Babak Tafreshi

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Interested in capturing picturesque landscapes under a starry sky? Join S&T‘s live webinar on Monday, August 22, 2016, where you’ll learn the ins and outs of nightscape photography.

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2017’s Total Solar Eclipse – One Year to Go!

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It’s still a full year away, but next year’s coast-to-coast solar eclipse is already a big deal with astronomers worldwide.

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