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SOHO Comet No. 1,200 Discovered

On October 10th, less than eight months after the 1,100th comet was found in images obtained by the SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) spacecraft, No. 1,200 was discovered by Bo Zhou.

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A South American Ring Eclipse

Guyana, Surinam, and French Guiana were the places to be to see last Friday's annular eclipse of the Sun. These small tropical countries on the northern coast of South America were the only solid ground touched by the path of annularity at sunrise that day; the rest of its narrow, 13,800-kilometer-long track traversed the open waters of the South Atlantic.

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Comet Discoverers Honored

An American, a Brazilian, and an Australian will share the eighth annual Edgar Wilson Award for amateur comet discovery. The award is given to amateur astronomers (or professional astronomers acting in an amateur capacity) who find one or more new comets using privately owned equipment.

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America’s Young Astronomers Honored

The Astronomical League has recognized three more astronomically-minded high-school students.


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Hubble Zooms In on Jupiter's New Red Spot

Two teams of astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to obtain our sharpest views of Jupiter's Red Spot Jr.

Solar Astronomy

Astronomy and Society

Countdown to Astronomy Day 2006

Mark your calendars! This year's Astronomy Day festivities take place May 6th.

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London Planetarium to Close

Built in the 1950s, the 330-seat London Planetarium will go dark for good this July.

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Greenwich Observatory Fund Drive Succeeds

The Royal Greenwich Observatory, once the center of the timekeeping universe, will become an even more inviting astro tourist site.

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Long-Lived SOHO Celebrates a Milestone

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory continues to monitor the Sun night and day #151; long past its expected lifetime.

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Katrina Astronomy Fund Drive Launched

Astronomers are gathering their efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

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Supernova Champ Makes 40th Find

Australia's Robert O. Evans has bagged his 40th visual supernova discovery, in the galaxy NGC 1559.

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Amateur Team Discovers a Record 100 Supernovae

A team of volunteer amateur astronomers from five countries, has made its 100th supernova discovery.


Catch Comet LINEAR Splitting in Two

A faint comet has suddenly brightened to 8th or 9th magnitude while shedding a chunk of its nucleus. It's visible with a telescope in early evening till about June 22nd, 2005.

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Canadian Amateurs Access Big Hawaiian Scopes

This richly detailed close-up of the stellar nursery RY Tauri some 450 light-years away was captured by the 8-meter Gemini North telescope as part of a contest for Canadian amateur astronomers. It shows the young, low-mass star (below center) emerging from the vast cloud of gas and dust from where…

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America's Young Astronomers Recognized

The Astronomical League recently announced the winners of its 2005 National Young Astronomer Award.

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Comet-Crashing Mission's Myopic Eye

NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft, which is en route for a July 4th encounter with Comet Tempel 1, has an out of focus primary camera.

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SOHO Comet Catcher

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory satellite is on the verge of spotting comet number 1,000.

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Bringing the Universe into the Classroom

About 200 teachers, educators, and scientists gathered in Massachusetts for a three-day symposium called Cosmos in the Classroom.

People, Places, and Events

2004 Comet Award Winners

Veteran comet hunter William A. Bradfield with one of his comet seekers: a homemade 150-millimeter (6-inch) f/5.5 rich-field refractor on an altazimuth mount. To date, Bradfield has discovered 18 comets.Courtesy Kym Thalassoudis Two Australians will share the sixth annual Edgar Wilson Award for amateur comet discovery. According to IAU Circular…

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Benson Prize Winner

Amateur astronomer Leonard Amburgey recently won the Benson Prize for his discovery of asteroid 2000 NM.Courtesy Leonard Amburgey. Public-school teacher and amateur astronomer Leonard L. Amburgey of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, is receiving the Benson Prize for his discovery of Earth-approaching asteroid 2000 NM. Established by Space Development Corp. founder James W.…