SKYWATCH: CAN YOU SPOT MONDAY’S URSID METEORS?, CURIOSITY ON MARS’S ANCIENT HABITABILITY, AND MORE

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Dawn Result: Ice is Everywhere on Ceres

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New results from NASA’s Dawn orbiter show that the largest asteroid (and acknowledged dwarf planet) must possess a global layer of water ice that lies just below its dark, dusty surface.

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Hubble Images Tangled Web in Nearby Galaxy

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A Hubble image of a nearby, massive elliptical galaxy (NGC 4696) reveals tenuous filaments that appear to be connected to the growth of the galaxy’s supermassive black hole.

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Curiosity Tracks Mars’s Ancient Habitability

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Curiosity scientists have tracked the transformation of Gale Crater’s environment as it became more, then less, acidic over millions of years.

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ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter Gets to Work

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Welcome to Mars: the European Space Agency’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter sets up shop around the Red Planet.

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“Brightest Supernova Ever” or Shredded Star?

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An incredible blaze of light discovered more than a year ago still has astronomers baffled as to its cause. The answer (supernova or black-hole-shredded star) may be contrary to recent headlines.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, December 16 – 24

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Have you ever tried to see a Siriusrise? If you can find a spot with a good view down to the east-southeast horizon, watch for Sirius to come up about two fists at arm’s length below Orion’s Belt.

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Can You Spot December’s Ursid Meteors?

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Try your hand at observing the handful of “shooting stars” delivered by this little-known annual meteor shower.

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Colored Double Stars, Real and Imagined

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Colorful lights twinkle everywhere during the holiday season, including up above in some remarkably tinted double stars. Find out what makes them so alluring.

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COMMUNITY

How to Choose Your First Telescope

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Doing some holiday shopping for a telescope, or know someone who is? You’ll want to read this.

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