SKYWATCH: SUNDAY’S SUPERMOON POSES OBSERVING CHALLENGE, ASTRONOMERS DISCOVER RUNAWAY BLACK HOLE, AND MORE

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Planet-forming Disks Revealed in Striking Images

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Three teams of astronomers used the SPHERE instrument on the Very Large Telescope to image protoplanetary disks around nearby stars and catch planet formation in action.

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Runaway Black Hole Flees Behemoth Galaxy

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Astronomers have spotted a supermassive black hole in a stripped-down galaxy racing away from a near-fatal close encounter in the center of a galaxy cluster.

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Curiosity Finds “Egg Rock” Iron Meteorite

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NASA’s intrepid Mars rover gets a close-up view of a bizarrely shaped space rock that landed on the slope of Mount Sharp.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, November 11 – 19

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Saturn is falling ever farther away to the lower right of Venus at dusk. Far to Venus’s upper left, Mars is drawing closer to it – very gradually.

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Behold November’s Super-Duper Supermoon

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You won’t want to miss the biggest, brightest full Moon in more than 68 years. Find out what makes this supermoon so special and how best to view it.

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“Supermoons”: A Unique Observing Challenge

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This month’s full Moon will appear 30% larger in area than the smallest full Moons. But can you tell just by looking at it? Maybe!

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Tour November’s Sky: Hello, Venus!

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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

What Will Osiris-REX Discover at Asteroid Bennu?

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When Osiris-REX launched on September 8th, it began a two-year journey to the asteroid Bennu. The Kavli Foundation recently spoke with three experts about what the spacecraft may discover on its mission.

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