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  • NASA’s Insight Lander Detects Monster ‘Marsquake’
    by David Dickinson on May 18, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    NASA’s Mars Insight lander witnessed the largest quake detected on another world at just the right time — as the lander begins to run low on power. The post NASA’s Insight Lander Detects Monster ‘Marsquake’ appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  • A Cosmic Collision Could Have Made Two Dark Matter–Less Galaxies
    by Ben Skuse on May 18, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    Astronomers connect the dots between two strange doppelganger galaxies, uncovering what might be a string of galactic pearls created in a cosmic collision 8 billion years ago. The post A Cosmic Collision Could Have Made Two Dark Matter–Less Galaxies appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  • Spotting Dots on the Sun
    by AAS Nova on May 16, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    You’ve heard of sunspots, but how about Sun dots? A recent solar mission has snapped photos of tiny, bright dots on the Sun, and astronomers are contemplating their cause. The post Spotting Dots on the Sun appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  • Witness a Total Lunar Eclipse on Sunday, May 15–16
    by Bob King on May 15, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    The full Flower Moon ducks inside Earth’s shadow in a total lunar eclipse this month. We help you prepare for all the highlights of the special event. The post Witness a Total Lunar Eclipse on Sunday, May 15–16 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  • Astronomers Unveil Image of the Milky Way’s Central Black Hole
    by Camille M. Carlisle on May 13, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Using a worldwide array of telescopes, the Event Horizon Telescope team has given us our first look at Sagittarius A*. The post Astronomers Unveil Image of the Milky Way’s Central Black Hole appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  • This Week’s Sky at a Glance, May 13 – 21
    by Alan MacRobert on May 13, 2022 at 9:02 am

    The Moon becomes totally eclipsed, Corvus eyes Spica, Draco eyes Vega, and the last star of the rising Summer Triangle clears the horizon. The post This Week’s Sky at a Glance, May 13 – 21 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  • Astronomers Watched a White Dwarf Turn into a Thermonuclear Fireball
    by Monica Young on May 11, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    Astronomers have spotted the X-ray flash that precedes a nova. The brief flare is the first sign of a white dwarf erupting into a nuclear-fusion fireball. The post Astronomers Watched a White Dwarf Turn into a Thermonuclear Fireball appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  • S&T Authors Win Science Journalism Awards
    by The Editors of Sky & Telescope on May 11, 2022 at 3:06 pm

    Two Sky & Telescope authors have won prestigious awards recognizing excellence in science journalism. The post S&T Authors Win Science Journalism Awards appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  • How to Image an Exoplanet with Just a Few Pixels
    by Joseph Baneth Allen on May 10, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    Using Earth as an example, astronomers are testing a new technique that could image rocky exoplanets without resolving them. The post How to Image an Exoplanet with Just a Few Pixels appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  • This Week’s Sky at a Glance, May 6 – 14
    by Alan MacRobert on May 6, 2022 at 9:07 am

    The Moon aligns with Pollux and Castor – but how precisely for you? Three zero-magnitude stars form a far-flung spring triad. And with Libra and Bootes up, the two oldest things you will ever see await your binoculars or scope. The post This Week’s Sky at a Glance, May 6 – 14 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.