SKYWATCH: RING FOUND AROUND A GALAXY’S BLACK HOLE, ROSETTA FINDS CLUE TO EARTH’S XENON PARADOX, AND MORE

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Ring Found Around a Galaxy’s “Hidden” Black Hole

Sky & Telescope
A team of astronomers has taken a close look at a nearby galaxy — and discovered an unusual structure that sheds light on supermassive black holes’ relationships with their host galaxies. Read more…

Rosetta Finds Clues to Earth’s “Xenon Paradox”

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Xenon measured by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft has shed light on a long-standing mystery about the role comets played in Earth’s formation. Read more…

Mini-Flares Might Threaten Life Around Red Dwarf Stars

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A new study of data archived from the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) spacecraft is revealing just how hard life might be on planets like those in the TRAPPIST-1 system. Read more…

Can We Explain the Curious Case of Tabby’s Star?

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New ideas have emerged to explain Tabby’s Star, officially known as KIC 8462852, but the jury’s still out on the cause of the star’s weird behavior. Read more…

Brown Dwarfs vs. Stars: What Makes a Star a Star?

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At what point does a clump of gas ignite, turning into a star? Astronomers now have an answer to what makes a star – and what makes a brown dwarf. Read more…

OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

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

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See what’s up in the sky for the week of June 16 – 24. Read more…

Hello, Saturn! We’re Glad You’re Back

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Saturn, considered by many the most beautiful sight in the sky, comes to opposition this week with its rings in full tilt. You won’t want to miss it. Read more…

Tour June’s Sky: Saturn at Opposition

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June’s astronomy podcast takes you on a star- and planet-studded tour of the sky you’ll see after sunset. Read more…

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