SKYWATCH: WOW – THREE BINOCULAR COMETS NOW IN VIEW, JUPITER AT ITS BRIGHTEST, AND MORE

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Gravitational Waves Dethrone Supermassive Black Hole

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Astronomers have discovered a supermassive black hole not sitting in its customary seat at the center of its galaxy. Gravitational waves from a recent merger may have ejected the black hole.

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Cassini’s Grand Finale Orbits Set to Begin

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NASA’s Cassini mission nears its final act – the spacecraft will enter the first of its Grand Finale Orbits later this month.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, April 7 – 15

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Not just two, but three comets visible in binoculars, Jupiter is at its biggest and brightest, and right after dark, Orion is well up in the west-southwest in his spring orientation.

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Comet PanSTARRS (C/2015 ER61) in Outburst and Binocular Bright

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Dawn comet PanSTARRS (C/2015 ER61) just underwent a bright outburst and is now an easy binocular object. Take a look before the Moon returns!

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Comet Lovejoy Brightens Quickly, Heads North

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Terry Lovejoy’s new comet has gone from faint to bright in just three weeks and is now a tempting binocular target at dawn.

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Jupiter Close, Bright, and Up All Night

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It’s easy to like Jupiter. No other planet offers such a bounty of amazing sights through the telescope, especially this week when it reaches opposition.

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How to White Balance Your Astrophotos
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You’ll capture the night sky as it truly looks when you learn how to establish a proper white balance in your DSLR astrophotos.

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Tour April’s Sky: Critters on the March

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As you’ll hear in this month’s podcast, April is a time when it’s easy to spot a lion, a sea serpent, and two bears in the evening sky.

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COMMUNITY

Comet Hale-Bopp’s Ancient Spectacle

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Astrophotographer John Goldsmith chronicles his travels during Comet Hale-Bopp’s famous apparition 20 years ago. His images capture what ancients might have seen 4,200+ years before.

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Bright future for South African Astronomy

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Govert Schilling chronicles his travels to astronomical observatories across South Africa, the future site of the Square Kilometre Array.

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