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  • This Week’s Sky at a Glance, October 22 – 30
    by Alan MacRobert on October 22, 2021 at 8:48 am

    As fall proceeds, Jupiter and Saturn shift westward and tilt ever more steeply. Venus gets a little higher and brighter. The waning Moon passes the Pleiades. And as Halloween approaches, Arcturus becomes the Ghost of Summer Suns. The post This Week’s Sky at a Glance, October 22 – 30 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  • China’s FAST Observatory Sees More Than 1,000 Radio Bursts from a Single Spot
    by Ben Skuse on October 21, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    The largest haul of fast radio burst observations ever recorded, all from a single fast radio burst, is helping astronomers understand what causes these fleeting cosmic phenomena The post China’s FAST Observatory Sees More Than 1,000 Radio Bursts from a Single Spot appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  • NASA Selects Gamma-Ray Mission to Explore Positron Sources, Supernovae
    by David Dickinson on October 20, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    The COSI mission will study the recent history of star birth, star death, and the formation of chemical elements in the Milky Way. The post NASA Selects Gamma-Ray Mission to Explore Positron Sources, Supernovae appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  • Jupiter Whacked Again? Japanese Astronomers Record Possible Impact
    by Bob King on October 18, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    A group of Japanese astronomers just discovered a potential new impact at the planet Jupiter. The post Jupiter Whacked Again? Japanese Astronomers Record Possible Impact appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  • NASA Launches Lucy Mission to Trojan Asteroids
    by David Dickinson on October 16, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    NASA’s ambitious Lucy mission has launched to explore Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, pristine examples of the solar system’s early years. The post NASA Launches Lucy Mission to Trojan Asteroids appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  • International Observe the Moon Night 2021
    by Diana Hannikainen on October 15, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    Join fellow lunar enthusiasts all over the world in celebrating the Moon this weekend. The post International Observe the Moon Night 2021 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  • This Week’s Sky at a Glance, October 15 – 23
    by Alan MacRobert on October 15, 2021 at 8:44 am

    The gibbous Moon shines under Jupiter and Saturn, then waxes to full under the Great Square of Pegasus. Cassiopeia stands on end high in the northeast, as Capella glitters far below. The post This Week’s Sky at a Glance, October 15 – 23 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  • Two Impacts, Not Just One, May Have Formed The Moon
    by Asa Stahl on October 14, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    The Moon may have formed in a one-two punch, new simulations suggest. The post Two Impacts, Not Just One, May Have Formed The Moon appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  • How Bright Will Comet Leonard Get?
    by Bob King on October 13, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    We examine circumstances and expectations for the current apparition of Comet Leonard, which may become the year’s brightest comet. The post How Bright Will Comet Leonard Get? appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  • Pittsburgh Goes Dark: Could This New Dark-Sky Ordinance Begin a Trend?
    by Jamie Carter on October 12, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    The city’s parks, facilities, and streetlights will all get dark-sky-friendly lighting, but is it too early for amateur astronomers to get excited? The post Pittsburgh Goes Dark: Could This New Dark-Sky Ordinance Begin a Trend? appeared first on Sky & Telescope.