SKYWATCH: ExOMARS SUCCESS AND SCHIAPARELLI FAILURE, VENUS VOLCANOES, JUNO AT JUPITER, AND MORE

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Mars News

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Boy, has the Red Planet seen a lot of activity this past week! Click the links below to read about a success, a failure, and new science. Plus, check in on the hard-working robots on the planet’s surface.

ExoMars Orbiter Reaches Red Planet
ESA’s Schiaparelli Lander: Missing in Action
MAVEN’s Mars: in Ultraviolet (Video)
What Are Curiosity and Opportunity Up To?

Big Kuiper Object 2007 OR10 Has a Moon

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Hubble images reveal a satellite orbiting one of the Kuiper Belt’s biggest objects.

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Mysterious X-ray Flashes from Faraway Black Holes?

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Two sources tens of millions of light-years away have sent puzzling X-ray flares blazing our way. Now astronomers think they might have the answer: intermediate-mass black holes.

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NASA’s Juno Suffers Engine Anomaly, Briefly Enters Safe Mode

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Engineers have decided to keep the Jupiter probe, Juno, in its current wide-ranging orbit until an issue with its engine can be addressed.

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More Evidence for Volcanoes on Venus

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Planetary scientists haven’t yet witnessed an active volcano on Venus, but a new study pinpoints a likely set of still-warm lava flows.

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Two Stars, Three Planet-forming Disks

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A young pair of stars hosts three potentially planet-forming disks, and all three of them are wildly tilted with respect to each other.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, October 21 – 29
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Saturn and Antares form a compact right triangle with bright Venus, low in the southwest at dusk on Friday evening. The triangle will narrow every day as, Venus moves toward the upper left.

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Halley On Fire! See the Orionid Meteor Shower

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Though the annual Orionids peaked early Friday morning, October 21st, look up in the early morning hours of the next few nights for a chance to see some meteors.

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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

Remembering Ewen A. Whitaker, 1922-2016

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An amateur who devoted his live to chronicling the Moon, and became one of the world’s most renowned lunar specialists, has died at age 94.

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Meet Some Amazing Young Astronomers

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This year’s youth awards from the Astronomical League showcase some talented students and their dedication to astronomy.

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Spektrum: A Pro-Am Journal for Spectroscopy

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If you’re interested in how celestial objects reveal themselves simply by analyzing their light, you’ll enjoy this free online international journal.

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