SKYWATCH: TOP 12 ASTRO STORIES OF 2016, SPACE LAUNCHES IN 2017, AND MORE

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Top 12 Astronomy News Stories of 2016

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From the discovery of gravitational waves to the building evidence that a massive planet could exist beyond Pluto, it has been a thrilling year for astronomy news.

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Looking Ahead: Space Exploration in 2017

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An exciting year lies ahead for space science and planetary spaceflight — by NASA and by other spacefaring nations.

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Fast Radio Burst has a Surprising Source

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For the first time, a team of astronomers has placed a fast radio burst on the cosmic map, allowing them to better pinpoint its mysterious origin.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance,
January 6 – 14

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Venus and Mars are up the southwest at sunset. Meanwhile, as the Moon fattens from gibbous to full, watch it pass several celestial landmarks: Aldebaran, the Pleiades, and Regulus.

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Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2017

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It won’t be a great year for lunar eclipses, with a deep penumbral event on February 11th and a partial on August 7th. But the solar offerings are much better, with an annular (ring) eclipse observable from the Southern Hemisphere on February 26th . . . and the Big One — a total solar eclipse crosses the continental U.S. — on August 21st.

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Bright Comet Prospects for 2017

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Comet lovers have much to look forward to in 2017 with six potential binocular comets and at least two others for modest backyard telescopes.

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Meteor Showers in 2017
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Everyone enjoys the brief and sometimes dazzling streaks of light from meteors, sometimes called “shooting stars.” Sky & Telescope predicts that the two best meteor showers in 2016 will be the Quadrantids in early January and the Geminids in mid-December.

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COMMUNITY

Fifty Years of the Astronomical League Observing Programs

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The Astronomical League, one of amateur astronomy’s best institutional resources, has awarded more than 10,000 observing certificates since 1967.

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Join Fred Espenak’s Live Webinar on Solar-Eclipse Imaging

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When it comes to capturing a total solar eclipse, few can match the expertise of Fred Espenak. Get valuable tips from “Mr. Eclipse” himself during S&T‘s live webinar on Thursday, January 12th.

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