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Impact Crater

Astronomy and Society

Found: Booster Impact Crater on the Farside of the Moon

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission has found the impact site created March 4th. The crater might help reveal the impactor's identity.

Kitt Peak fire

Astronomy and Society

Wildfire Threatens Kitt Peak National Observatory

The Contreras wildfire has been threatening the historic Kitt Peak National Observatory in southern Arizona.

ISS view of Earth at night

Save Dark Skies

What we know about Light Pollution – and What We Don’t

The International Dark-Sky Association’s has summarized more than 300 peer-reviewed studies on the effects of artificial light at night in an effort to help dark-sky advocates.

Taurine in HL Tau

Astronomy and Society

Floofy Objects and Other Tales of Astronomical Impossibility

Astronomers aren't holding back this year, with brand-new submissions to this year's highly prestigious (and fictitious) Acta Prima Aprilia.

ISS view of Earth at night

Astronomy and Society

Is “Slow Science” the Answer to Astronomy's Carbon Footprint?

The first quantitative assessment of professional telescopes’ carbon footprint finds that these facilities contribute more emissions than all other astronomy research activities combined.

OneWeb Launch

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Russia-Ukraine War: Impacts on Space (Updates)

Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine has far-reaching consequences for spaceflight and the international space community.

Andromeda Galaxy, streaked

Astronomy and Society

Starlink Satellites Not Impacting Science — Yet

A new study of Starlink satellites’ impact on astronomy gives the community cause for both relief and concern.

Twisted glass slab

Astronomy and Society

Did a Comet Explode Over South America 12,000 Years Ago?

Huge chunks and twisted slabs of dark glass are strewn across a patch of the Chilean Atacama Desert. Do they have a cosmic origin?

International Dark-Sky Association 2021 Virtual Conference

Save Dark Skies

Under One Sky: Let's Address Light Pollution Together

Concerned about light pollution? Join a virtual conference this weekend that looks at ongoing global efforts to mitigate it.

GMT

Astronomy and Society

Astronomers Announce Priorities for Next Decade

The National Academy of Science detailed the direction for astronomy and astrophysics today for the coming decade.

Parkes Telescope, aka Murriyang

Astronomy and Society

The True Nature of the Candidate ET Signal From Proxima Centauri

Human-made interference, not extraterrestrial technology, is responsible for the first candidate "signal of interest" detected by the project Breakthrough Listen.

Starlink globe

Science and Space Policy

Streetlights to Satellites: Taking Light Pollution to the United Nations

The United Nations' Office of Outer Space Affairs is considering issues of light pollution spanning from streetlights to satellites.

Pittsburgh photographed from above

Astronomy and Society

Pittsburgh Goes Dark: Could This New Dark-Sky Ordinance Begin a Trend?

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?

Apollo 11 photo of Earth with glare from Sun

Stellar Science

Did Astronomers See a Distant, Dying Star? Or an Earth-bound Satellite?

What seemed a lucky break — the discovery of a gamma-ray burst in the most distant known galaxy — might instead be the flash of passing space debris. As satellites fill low-Earth orbit, such events might become common.

Save Dark Skies

Discover the Night: International Dark Sky Week is Here!

Light pollution is insidious in today’s world. This International Dark Sky Week, become inspired to see what you can do to raise awareness.

Total solar eclipse 2019 in Chile

People, Places, and Events

Join Us in Planning for the Next "Great American Eclipse"

Are you a solar eclipse enthusiast with an organizational bent? An upcoming virtual workshop geared toward planning for the 2023 and 2024 events could be just the thing for you.

January 20, 2021 Starlink launch

Astronomy and Society

Beyond Starlink: The Satellite Saga Continues

SpaceX has placed more than 1,000 Starlinks in orbit, and other companies are following suit. Here's the latest on what's being done to protect astronomy.

VisorSat

Astronomy and Society

Starlink Satellites Are Fainter Now — But Still Visible

Measurements of Starlink's "VisorSat" show SpaceX has succeeded in making a less reflective satellite. But it's still visible from dark-sky areas.

Jupiter and Saturn in conjunction

Astronomy and Society

The 400-Year Rhythm of Great Conjunctions

A new visualization reveals the centuries-long pattern of "Great Conjunctions" between Jupiter and Saturn over the centuries.

Babylonian planet grouping

Astronomy and Society

Ancient Babylonians Witnessed Unique Planetary Gathering

Jupiter and Saturn's "Great Conjunction" is a noteworthy event, but on the morning of March 25, 185 BC, an even grander planetary gathering greeted Babylonian sky watchers

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