SKYWATCH: SCHIAPARELLI SET TO LAND ON MARS, DISTANT KUIPER BELT OBJECT DISCOVERED, AND MORE

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Schiaparelli Lander to Touch Down on Mars

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The innovative Schiaparelli lander begins its three-day journey from the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter to the Martian surface this weekend.

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About Those 2 Trillion New Galaxies…

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Astronomers just announced that the universe has 10 times as many galaxies as previously thought. Well, yes and no.

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Space Rocks Hit the Moon Often

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Observations from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal how often the Moon is being pockmarked by meteoroids.

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Proxima Centauri Has Sun-Like Cycle

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Observations confirm that the closest star to our solar system has a regular magnetic cycle similar to our Sun.

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New Object Vies for Kuiper Belt Record

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Right now 2014 UZ224 lies nearly 14 billion kilometers away, ranking it third among the most distant objects known in the Kuiper Belt.

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Does Dione Have a Subsurface Ocean?

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A new analysis suggests that a subsurface ocean might lie deep beneath the crust of Saturn’s moon Dione.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, October 14 – 22

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See the full Moon (exact at 12:23 a.m. EDT Saturday night) and keep an eye out for Venus and Saturn about 45 minutes after sunset.

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Moon to Cover Bright Star Aldebaran

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This eye-catching occultation occurs late on October 18th (West Coast) and early on the 19th (East Coast). It’s a grazing event as seen from Los Angeles and Denver.

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Plant Your Eyes In Delta Cephei’s Fertile Triangle

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The famous variable star Delta Cephei unlocks a box of deep-sky treasures in a little-visited corner of Cepheus, the King.

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Tour October’s Sky: Planets in Transition

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Download our monthly astronomy podcast to track down Saturn in the evening sky one last time. Mars is still hanging around, and Venus is climbing higher each evening.

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COMMUNITY

Green Bank Observatory Declares Independent

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Green Bank is celebrating its 60th birthday by seceding from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

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