SKYWATCH: EXOPLANET DISCOVERED AROUND NEAREST STAR, JUPITER & VENUS CLOSE EVENING PAIR, AND MORE

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Exoplanet Found Around Proxima Centauri

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Astronomers have discovered a planet in the habitable zone of the closest star to the Sun.

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Could a Spacecraft Make it to Proxima Centauri?

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Dust and gas between stars pose a threat to spacecraft en route from Earth to Proxima Centauri – and scientists are seriously considering the problem now that the prospect of interstellar travel is no longer sci-fi.

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The Return of Stereo B?

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Feared lost for almost two years, NASA’s Stereo B solar observatory is now back in (tentative) contact with mission control.

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Retrograde Rock “Niku” Defies the Orbital Trend

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The discovery of trans-Neptunian object 2011 KT19 in a strange orbit deepens a key mystery in the outer solar system.

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Of Dwarf Galaxies and Voids

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Living in voids might be tangentially responsible for three small galaxies’ recent flurries of starbirth.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, August 26 – September 3

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In addition to this weekend’s Venus-Jupiter conjunction, you might also try for much fainter Mercury to the pair’s lower left. Also, say hi to the Double Cluster in Perseus.

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Venus and Jupiter at Dusk

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The two brightest planets – Venus and Jupiter – are performing the next few evenings: look after dusk on August 27th to see the pair less than half a degree apart!

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Polarized Light: From Blue Sky to Egg Nebula

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Bees see polarized light and use it to navigate to honey. Learn how you can use it to crack the Egg Nebula.

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Tour August’s Sky: Planets Aplenty

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Download or play Sky & Telescope‘s astronomy podcast, and you’ll get a guided tour of the night sky.

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COMMUNITY

S&T‘s Guide to the 2017 Total SOlar Eclipse

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We’ve assembled the resources to help you prepare for the coast-to-coast total solar eclipse — check back often as we continue to update this page!

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