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Astronomy & Observing News

Astro News Briefs: May 6–12

Interstellar Antifreeze May 9, 2002 | Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's 12-Meter Radio Telescope at Kitt Peak, Arizona, have discovered ethylene glycol in molecular clouds in Sagittarius. The molecule, according to team members Jan M. Hollis (NASA/Goddard), Frank J. Lovas (University of Illinois), Phillip R. Jewell (National Radio Astronomy…

Astronomy & Observing News

Astro News Briefs: April 22–28

McDonald Observatory Opens New Visitor Center April 25, 2002 | About 130,000 visitors annually come to McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, Texas, to attend the popular star parties and constellation tours and to enjoy some of the darkest night skies in the continental U.S. Unfortunately, the observatory, a research unit…

Press Releases

Dance of the Planets Reaches Crescendo

During the first half of May, all five bright, naked-eye planets — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn — are well placed for viewing in the western twilight sky about an hour after sunset.

Press Releases

Planets Dance for Annual Astronomy Celebration

The five naked-eye planets have gathered in the western sky after sunset — just in time for "Astronomy Day" on April 20th.

Celestial News & Events

Dance of the Planets Concludes

The grand and beautiful planetary lineup is drawing to a close as Venus approaches Jupiter in the western sky at dusk.

Astronomy & Observing News

Astro News Briefs: April 8–14

Editor's Note: This week astronomers from around the world have gathered at Bristol University in Bristol, England, for the annual United Kingdom National Astronomy Meeting. The following Astro Briefs highlight news items reported at the conference. All Black Holes Sing the Same Song April 9, 2002 | Using the Rossi…

Astronomy & Observing News

Astro News Briefs: April 1–7

Asteroid Population Doubles April 5, 2002 | Observations made in 1996–97 by the European Space Agency's Infrared Space Observatory show that the asteroid belt contains about twice as many objects as previously thought. The new census involved tallying up the main-belt asteroids spotted in selected locations, then extrapolating those counts…

Press Releases

Bright Comet Meets Bright Galaxy

April 1, 2002 Contacts: Roger W. Sinnott, Senior Editor 855-638-5388 x146, [email protected] Alan M. MacRobert, Senior Editor 855-638-5388 x151, [email protected]   Note to Editors/Producers: This release is accompanied by four publication-quality illustrations; see details below. Amateur astronomers throughout the Northern Hemisphere have marked Thursday, April 4th, on their calendars. That…

Astronomy & Observing News

Astro News Briefs: March 25–31

Forming Amino Acids in Interstellar Space March 29, 2002 | In two papers published in this week's Nature, scientists have come closer to understanding if amino acids are created in space. While these molecules clearly form on Earth today, some cosmochemists believe that the first fundamental building blocks for life…

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Astro News Briefs: March 11–17

Does the Moon Have a Titanium Heart? March 12, 2002 | It’s taken cosmochemists decades to convince themselves that the Moon has a small metallic core (Sky & Telescope, August 1999, page 17). But that conclusion is not without its problems. For example, a recent reanalysis of "moonquakes" recorded on…

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A Bright Comet Returns — 341 Years Later

Independently discovered by two amateur skygazers, Comet Ikeya-Zhang is now passing near Earth on its first return visit since the time of Sir Isaac Newton.

Astronomy & Observing News

Astro News Briefs: March 4 - 10

A Universe of a Different Color March 8, 2002 | The "color of the universe," widely reported in January to be turquoise-green, is actually a pale cream-yellow very close to pure white. "We found a bug in our code!" say Karl Glazebrook and Ivan Baldry, who averaged the light of…

Celestial Objects to Observe

Chi Cygni to Brighten in Early March

The long-period variable Chi Cygni peaks in March. Here's where to find it and what to expect.

Astronomy & Observing News

Astro News Briefs: February 18–24

Sun Spews Massive Bubble into Space February 22, 2002 | Our star unleashed a titanic coronal mass ejection, or CME, on February 18th. Containing billions of tons of matter, the superheated blast was captured by an extreme-ultraviolet camera aboard the orbiting Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. Fortunately, the outburst was directed…

Astronomy & Observing News

Astro News Briefs: February 11–17

A Solar-System Signpost? February 15, 2002 | Some young stars are surrounded by disks of dust left over from their formation. Eventually this material may coalesce into planets. But some older stars have dust disks too. Astronomers think these may be produced by collisions among comets, asteroids, and meteoroids in…

Astronomy & Observing News

Astro News Briefs: February 4–10

Read more of the week's astronomy headlines, with links to additional information.

Celestial News & Events

Comet Ikeya-Zhang Heads South

This comet remains visible in binoculars as it heads south through the spring sky.

Press Releases

Moon to Cover Saturn on February 20th

Wednesday evening's lunar occultation of Saturn offers a prime-time viewing opportunity for North Americans.

Astronomy and Society

Astronomy Outreach Survey Online

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific and the Astronomical League have teamed up to produce a survey on astronomical public outreach.