SKYWATCH: HOW DID THE MOON FORM?, MYSTERY OBJECT IN CYGNUS, AND MORE

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When and How Did the Moon Form?

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New studies offer contrasting scenarios for making the Moon. One argues for a one big splat early in solar-system history; a second envisions a score of lesser blows that built up the Moon over time; and a third suggests water was involved.

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Mystery Object in Cygnus A Galaxy

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Astronomers have discovered an object in the active galaxy Cygnus A that wasn’t there before.

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Paired Stars in Cygnus En Route to Merger

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Astronomers suspect that a binary star system in Cygnus is preparing to make one star of two, erupting in a red nova that will be visible to the naked eye.

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NASA Announces Lucy and Psyche Asteroid Missions

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Two new asteroid missions, named Lucy and Psyche, will visit eight new worlds in the coming decade.

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Milky Way’s Black Hole Is Throwing Cosmic Spitballs

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Every now and then, the Milky Way’s central, supermassive black hole tears apart a star and flings away some of its innards. Now astronomers think they know how to spot these cosmic spitballs.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, January 13 – 21

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In this coldest time of the year, the dim Little Dipper hangs straight down from Polaris after dusk – as if, per Leslie Peltier, from a nail on the cold north wall of the sky.

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inter Nights Exploring the Lunar Arctic

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Put on a coat, set up your scope, and become a polar explorer as we visit off-the-beaten-path craters and maria in the Moon’s arctic vastness.

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Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2017

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It won’t be a great year for lunar eclipses, but the solar offerings are much better. Find out what’s visible from your location.

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Tour January’s Sky: Spot Two Star Clusters

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Download our monthly astronomy podcast to spot Venus and Mars in the west – and two star clusters high up – after sunset.

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COMMUNITY

The “Hidden Figures” Who Helped Win the Space Race

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The movie Hidden Figures portrays the untold story of three African-American women who played an important role in the 1960s space race, and serves to inspire future generations.

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11-year-old Astronomer Shines at AAS Meeting

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Cannan Huey-You, just 11 years old, impressed professional astronomers this week with his research on a massive intergalactic gas cloud.

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