SKYWATCH: CATCH COMET JOHNSON IN BINOCULARS, CALL FOR AMATEUR AWARD NOMINATIONS, AND MORE

LATEST NEWS

Amazing New Views of Near-Earth Asteroid

Sky & Telescope
When large asteroid 2014 JO25 cruised past Earth on April 19th, Goldstone and Arecibo radars were at the ready.

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Watery Skies of “Warm Neptune” Hint at Planet’s Formation

Sky & Telescope
Astronomers have detected water in the cloud-free skies of “warm Neptune” HAT-P-26b – a clue to the larger mystery of how these planets formed.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, May 12 – 20

Sky & Telescope
Three zero-magnitude stars shine after dark in May: Arcturus high in the southeast, Vega much lower in the northeast, and Capella in the northwest. On Thursday, catch a double-shadow event on Jupiter.

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Watch Comet Johnson Sprint Through Boötes

Sky & Telescope
Another binocular comet? You better believe it. Comet Johnson takes center stage at nightfall this month and next.

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Tour May’s Sky: Big Dipper Leads the Way

Sky & Telescope
Listen to May’s astronomy podcast to learn why the Big Dipper is the “Swiss Army Knife” of the late-spring northern sky.

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COMMUNITY

“Lights All Askew:” How a Solar Eclipse Made Einstein Famous

Sky & Telescope
Why are some scientists world-famous but not others? Narrative, even one as simple as “starlight bends,” turns out to be a powerful tool for making sense of science.

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Call for Nominations: Chambliss Amateur Achievement Award

Sky & Telescope
The Chambliss Amateur Achievement Award recognizes excellence in astronomical research by American amateur astronomers. Nominations are now open!

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