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This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 19 – 28

Fri, 04/19/2024 - 5:08am

Springtime Leo walks high in the south, springtime Hydra snakes a quarter of the way around the celestial sphere, and the bright Moon aligns with Spica.

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See Amazing Views of the April 8th Total Solar Eclipse from Space

Thu, 04/18/2024 - 2:20pm

Millions of viewers were wowed by last week’s total solar eclipse. Now, we get to see the eclipse from another angle: space.

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Amateur Astronomers Caught Sungrazing Comet during Solar Eclipse

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 3:12pm

Wide-field photos of the total solar eclipse taken by several astronomers along the path of totality, caught a comet approaching the Sun.

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Jupiter Meets Uranus in Twilight; Supernova Erupts in Nearby Spiral Galaxy

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 1:08am

Jupiter aligns with distant Uranus before it exits the evening sky as a bright supernova flares in the southern galaxy NGC 3621.

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NASA Struggles to Find Way Forward for Mars Sample Return

Mon, 04/15/2024 - 2:02pm

NASA's Perseverance mission has been collecting samples for later retrieval and return to Earth. Now, it's unclear how we'll get those samples home.

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See What Happens When Stars Collide

Mon, 04/15/2024 - 2:03am

A star in the constellation Norma appears to have been created when two stars merged.

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 12 – 21

Fri, 04/12/2024 - 4:26am

Jupiter is easy to spot, shining low in the west at nightfall. Near it are Uranus and Comet Pons-Brooks, tougher catches that require binoculars or a wide-field telescope — and some finding skills.

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The Planet K2-18b May Not Be Habitable After All

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 8:00am

New research suggests Exoplanet K2-18b may actually be a gas-rich planet with no habitable surface instead of a habitable water world.

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Plan Now for the 2026 Total Solar Eclipse in Europe

Wed, 04/10/2024 - 9:00am

On August 12, 2026, a total solar eclipse will be visible across Greenland, Iceland, and Spain, with plenty of inspiring itineraries.

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The Totality Experience: S&T’s Eclipse Stories

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 10:35am

With Sky & Telescope’s editors and writers scattered across the eclipse path, we have dozens of stories to share. Here are a few.

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What to Look For & When During a Total Solar Eclipse

Mon, 04/08/2024 - 8:30am

Look for these astronomical and Earthbound phenomena during the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.

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11 Things to Take With You the Day of the Solar Eclipse

Fri, 04/05/2024 - 11:00am

You might have your eclipse-viewing plans all worked out, but have you thought about all the other things you might need?

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 5 – 14

Fri, 04/05/2024 - 5:07am

Venus and Jupiter may shine through the blue sky during the April 8th solar eclipse even if the eclipse for you is only deep partial. After dark, Orion walks down in the southwest.

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Where to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse Online

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 8:00am

Watch the total solar eclipse — alongside interviews with scientists and astronauts — with these livestreams.

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What Will the Sun's Corona Look Like During Totality?

Wed, 04/03/2024 - 12:30pm

The eclipse is coming up, and already scientists have predicted the appearance of the solar corona on the big day.

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Awe in the Shadow of a Partial Eclipse

Wed, 04/03/2024 - 8:00am

A partial eclipse — Eclipse Lite, if you will — can also offer a sense of wonder, albeit on a smaller scale than totality.

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A Century of Sky, Digitized

Tue, 04/02/2024 - 9:52am

The Harvard College Observatory's glass plates, which record a century of changes in the sky, has now been converted into digital form.

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Are These Baby Pictures of the Milky Way?

Tue, 04/02/2024 - 8:00am

Newly detected stellar aggregations in the Milky Way could be the remnants of protogalaxies from its formation — or just resonances with the galaxy's bar.

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April Fool’s on the arXiv, 2024 edition

Mon, 04/01/2024 - 1:13pm

On this April 1st, astronomers reveal fascinating discoveries inspired by astrology, pasta, Star Wars, and flamingos.

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April Podcast: Planets in Transition

Mon, 04/01/2024 - 2:00am

April’s evening skies offer plenty of stars to check out. However, aside from Jupiter low in the west, planets are in short supply. Our latest Sky Tour podcast helps you track down Mars, Saturn, and much during April’s pleasant nights.

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