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Generated photograph of TOI 1338 b. Identified by Wolf Cukier, a 17-year-old High School student, who had an internship with NASA last year! Pretty amazing…

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George Carruthers, Whose Telescopes Explored Space, Dies at 81

George Carruthers, Whose Telescopes Explored Space, Dies at 81

George Carruthers built his first telescope from a kit in 1949, when he was 10 and living in rural Ohio. Fascinated by space, he devoured magazine articles about space travel.
If the unknown was going to be explored, he wanted to be a part of it.
Two decades later, as an astrophysicist and engineer — one of the few at the time who were Black — he would design an advanced telescopic device that…

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Six Stars, Six Eclipses: ‘The Fact That It Exists Blows My Mind’

Six Stars, Six Eclipses: ‘The Fact That It Exists Blows My Mind’

From star-destroying black holes to exploding comets, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, has spotted its share of surprises since it began searching the galaxy for exoplanets in 2018. But the source of starlight that was mysteriously brightening and dimming some 1,900 light-years away may top all those discoveries for its science fiction-like grandeur.
The source, named TIC…

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Starlink Satellites Are Fainter Now — But Still Visible - Sky & Telescope

Starlink Satellites Are Fainter Now — But Still Visible – Sky & Telescope

The first launch of Starlink satellites two years ago alarmed many amateur and professional astronomers. Lone satellites coursing through the night sky are commonplace, but in May 2019 observers witnessed an unprecedented parade of startlingly bright objects marching across the heavens.
A single video frame captured the “string of pearls” effect as 60 Starlink satellites raised their orbits…


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Beyond Starlink: The Satellite Saga Continues - Sky & Telescope

Beyond Starlink: The Satellite Saga Continues – Sky & Telescope

On January 20th, SpaceX sent yet another volley of satellites into low-Earth orbit. This latest launch continues to build the company’s Starlink network, which aims to provide broadband internet in hard-to-reach places around the world. Despite recent developments, the growing number of satellites still deeply troubles astronomers.
A batch of Starlinks launches on a SpaceX Falcon 9…


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This Week’s Sky at a Glance, January 22 – 30 - Sky & Telescope

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, January 22 – 30 – Sky & Telescope

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22
■ Right after dark, face east and look very high. The bright star there is Capella, the Goat Star. To the right of it, by a couple of finger-widths at arm’s length, is a small, narrow triangle of 3rd and 4th magnitude stars known as “the Kids.” Though they’re not exactly eye-grabbing, they form a never-forgotten asterism with Capella.
■ Look lower left of the waxing gibbous…


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First weekly art challenge submissions!

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Submission 1, and winner of the week our lovely friend Artemis

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Submission 2 from the absolutely incredible artist @weird-incarnate

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Secret submission from @amity-skye


It was a really good week, and all of the submissions we got were absolutely incredible!

Good effort team!

Theme: Space!

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These are also diffracted clouds like in my first post! the photo was taken by @/astrofalls on Instagram (give him a follow his photos are really cool!)

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China’s Chang'e 5 Probe Heads Sunward - Sky & Telescope

China’s Chang’e 5 Probe Heads Sunward – Sky & Telescope

Separation of the Chang’e 5 lander from the orbiter in November 2020. CNSA / CLEP
The orbiter that successfully brought Chang’e 5’s lunar samples back to Earth is continuing on an extended mission toward areas of the solar system that China has yet to visit.
The orbiter dropped off the mission’s return capsule for a skip-reentry on December 17th, ending an intense 23-day expedition to obtain the…


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Comet Watch 2021 - Sky & Telescope

Comet Watch 2021 – Sky & Telescope

Seen here on November 12, 2015, during its last apparition, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko returns in late 2021 for another go-round. Damian Peach

I’ve got some good news and some bad news. First the good news. Oodles of comets are on their way in 2021. Now the bad. Most won’t get brighter than 9th magnitude with the possible exception of Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1), a recent discovery that could…


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In Astrophotography, Bigger Is Not Always Better! - Sky & Telescope

In Astrophotography, Bigger Is Not Always Better! – Sky & Telescope

Although this is my 39th monthly Imaging Foundations blog, if you are interested in getting started in deep-sky astrophotography, this might be the very first installment you should read!
The spectrum of people entering the hobby of astrophotography span two extremes. A good number do as much as they can with minimum investment, often driven by economic realities. These people work hard to adopt…


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