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Astronomy & Observing News

Contour's Fate Looks "Bleak"

No one has heard from the comet-bound Contour spacecraft since it left Earth orbit, and a new telescopic image suggests that it may now be in pieces.

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Contour: Missing in Action

The Contour spacecraft (seen here in an artist depiction) will encounter at least two comets during its lifetime — assuming engineers can reestablish contact with it.NASA/Contour At 4:49 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the Contour spacecraft was to fire its engine, leave its Earth orbit, and head off into interplanetary space.…

Path of 2002 NY40

Celestial News & Events

How to Watch Saturday's Asteroid Flyby

For help in locating asteroid 2002 NY40 on August 17–18, Sky & Telescope has prepared four (PDF) finder charts (see page 2). S&T: Roger Sinnott and Gregg Dinderman. On Saturday night, August 17–18, a recently discovered asteroid will pass close enough to Earth to be easily spotted in small telescopes…

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An Average Perseid Meteor Shower

This year's Perseids performed just about as expected, though hazy, humid skies hindered the view from many places.

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Star-Party Season Reaches Its Peak

A new Moon, early Perseid meteors, and dark skies greeted attendees at Stellafane, Starfest, and a host of other star parties at the height of the summer season.

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The Moon Through an 8-Meter Eye

The European Southern Observatory has captured one of the highest-resolution views of the Moon ever seen from Earth.

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Not a Quark Star After All?

A weird object announced last April appears to be an ordinary neutron star, not a strange new type of matter.

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Astro News Briefs: August 5–11

Do cosmic rays affect global warming, Stardust begins its mission, and more...

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Dawn Comet

Another new comet, even brighter than Comet Hoenig, can now be seen low in the northeastern sky around morning twilight by observers in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Asteroid Hunters Receive Grants

Amateur astronomers from around the world have earned funds to continue their asteroid monitoring programs.

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Comet Hoenig Heads South

This unexpectedly bright little comet (magnitude 7.5 or so) is currently heading south through Draco toward Ursa Major and Canes Venatici.

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Making the Case for Merging Black Holes

Does X mark the spot where two supermassive black holes have melded into one?

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Hilo Club Wins S&T Astronomy Day Award

With an estimated attendance of more than 12,000, the Hilo [Hawaii] Astronomy Club showed that Astronomy Day activities can draw large crowds.

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New Comet Hoenig

A newly discovered comet promises to be a sought-after celestial prize in the coming months.

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Ancient Impact Crater Found in North Sea

Oil geologists discover 3-kilometer-wide pit 1000 meters beneath the sea bed

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New Technology Dominates Planetarium Conference

More than 400 attendees have gathered at Exploration Place in Wichita, Kansas for the 16th International Planetarium Society meeting.

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An Inexpensive Rooftop Fireball Patrol

An amateur astronomer has devised an inexpensive, home-built fireball monitor.

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Changes Urged for Astrobiology Effort

NASA's fledgling efforts to understand the origins and evolution of life are basically sound but have a few problems to work out.

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Astro News Briefs: July 22–28

Moon rock thieves caught and a new asteroid threat.

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Another One Bites the Dust

Comet 57P/du Toit-Neujmin-Delporte has broken apart into 20 fragments.

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