SKYWATCH: THE ROUNDEST STAR, BUYING YOUR FIRST TELESCOPE, AND MORE

LATEST NEWS

Astronomers Discover Roundest Star

Sky & Telescope

Asteroseismologists delving into the Kepler mission’s data trove have found a star that appears to be more spherical than any natural object.

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Meteorite Find of a Lifetime

Giant Texas Meteorite

Dug out of a Texas field last year, the second-largest chondrite ever found in the U.S. has been donated to Texas Christian University.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance,
November 25 – December 3

Sky & Telescope

Some daily sky events among the ever-changing Moon, planets, stars and constellations, with an eye toward goings-on in the western sky after sunset.

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Keep Watch for November’s Orionid Meteors

November Orionid meteors

Although relatively obscure, this modest display is the strongest meteor shower in late November. Moonless skies make them easier to pick out.

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Quasar CTA 102: Historically Bright, Violently Variable

Quasar CTA 102

The normally faint quasar CTA 102, once thought to harbor an advanced civilization and made famous in a 1967 song by the Byrds, is currently bright enough to see in an 8-inch telescope.

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COMMUNITY

How to Choose Your First Telescope

Sky & Telescope

When you’re trying to pick a first telescope — for you or for somone else — you’ll get lots of hype. But by knowing just a few basics, described here by S&T‘s experts, you’ll be able to choose the one that’s right for your observing interests, lifestyle, and budget.

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Thank Our Lucky Planets: How Planets Really Do Shape Our Fate

Sky & Telescope

Human history has always been linked to the influence of distant orbits, from climate change (past and present) to our exploration of the solar system.

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