Does a Fifth Force Permeate the Universe?
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.
Amateurs Help Discover Pulsing White Dwarf
Amateur astronomers worked together with the pros in the discovery of the pulsing white dwarf in the variable system known as AR Scorpii.
Tabby’s Star: Universe’s Weirdest Star Just Got a Little Weirder
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.
This Week’s Sky at a Glance, August 19 – 27
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.
Two Planet Pairs Perform at Dusk
As twilight fades during the rest of August, follow two planetary dances going on in different parts of the sky.
Palling Around with the Palomar Globular Clusters
The intriguing Palomar globular clusters will challenge observers with modest to large telescopes, while providing a satisfying ramble around the galactic halo.
New Astrophotography Webinar: Nightscapes with Babak Tafreshi
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.
2017’s Total Solar Eclipse – One Year to Go!
It’s still a full year away, but next year’s coast-to-coast solar eclipse is already a big deal with astronomers worldwide.