SKYWATCH: GEMINID METEOR SHOWER COMPETES WITH SUPERMOON, JOHN GLENN PASSES AWAY AT 95, AND MORE

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Amazing Views of Saturn’s “Polar Hexagon”

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft delivers stunning views from its new orbital perch.

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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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Does This Neutron Star Confirm an 80-Year-Old Quantum Prediction?

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Scientists have been looking for decades to confirm a weird quantum effect first predicted in 1936. Have they finally found hard evidence for it?

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Not-So-Clumpy Dark Matter Poses Cosmological Challenge

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Astronomers analyzing a new sky survey have found that the distribution of dark matter in the modern universe is smoother than predicted from observations of a far younger universe.

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A Basketball-Player-Sized Asteroid

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Planetary scientists have pinpointed the size of a near-Earth asteroid to be a mere 2 meters, one of the smallest ever characterized.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, December 9 – 17

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Right after dark you’ll find the Pleiades well up in the east, with Aldebaran and the Hyades below them.

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Supermoon and Geminids Duke it Out

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In a spectacular case of bad timing, the full Moon coincides with the annual Geminid meteor shower. Don’t feel put out. There’s still something for everyone, including a consolation prize.

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Watch Resupply Mission Chase Down the International Space Station

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A cargo mission launched today to resupply the International Space Station. Watch it approach the International Space Station this weekend.

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Tour December’s Sky: Orion Rising

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A cargo mission launched today to resupply the International Space Station. Watch it approach the International Space Station this weekend.

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COMMUNITY

The Passing of John Glenn

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Senior editor Alan MacRobert remembers John Glenn, the space hero whose Mercury flight impacted a generation of Americans.

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“Library Telescope” Program Takes Off

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From humble beginnings in 2008, a simple idea – equipping libraries with loaner telescopes – has caught on across the United States.

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IAU Names Asteroid for Sky & Telescope Contributing Editor Fred Schaaf

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The International Astronomical Union has named an asteroid for Fred Schaaf, longtime Sky & Telescope contributing editor.

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Nightscape Astrophotography: Untold Secrets

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Interested in improving your nightscape photography? Join renowned astrophotographer Babak Tafreshi in S&T’s live webinar on Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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