SKYWATCH: CASSINI TO ENTER RING-GRAZING ORBITS, COMET CAMPAIGN CALLS FOR AMATEUR IMAGERS, AND MORE

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The Beginning of the End for Cassini

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Cassini’s final main engine burn this weekend sets the stage for a stunning grand finale that sends it into ring-grazing orbits before skimming the planet’s cloudtops.

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IAU Standardizes 212 Traditional Star Names

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Bringing order to chaos, the International Astronomical Union has approved standardized spellings and designations for the traditional names of 212 bright stars.

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Orbital Path Podcast: In Search of Planet 9

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Astronomers are debating the existence of a big planet beyond the orbits of Pluto and Neptune. Dr. Michelle Thaller talks with planetary scientists Scott Shepard and Mike Brown about when we’ll discover it.

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This Week’s Sky at a Glance, December 2 – 10

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The Moon shines about 5° or 6° to the right of little orange Mars in early evening, with Venus blazing far to their lower right.

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Comet Campaign Seeks Imagers Worldwide

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Calling all imagers! Three comets will make close flybys of Earth over the next two years. Join a new pro-am effort to make the most of this rare triple play.

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Planning a Night of Imaging

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Thinking about going out for night of astroimaging? Remember the five P’s – Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.

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Tour December’s Sky: Orion Arising

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Download our monthly astronomy podcast to track down Mercury in the evening sky. Then swing around to the east, to behold Orion, the mighty Hunter, climbing into the sky.

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COMMUNITY

Staracle: A Free Star-Naming Service

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“Name a star” businesses are approaching their peak with the holidays. But since giving stars personal names is unofficial anyway, you might as well do it for free.

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