Astronomy News & Current Events | Sky & Telescope

July’s a busy month for skywatching. Not only are five bright planets in view, but three comets and a newly-discovered nova are also observable. And it all starts with a bang on Independence Day.

Researchers have mapped the magnetic field in Supernova 1987A, shedding light on how stellar blasts act as particle accelerators.

New observations give more fuel to the concept of intermediate-mass black holes.

This month’s astronomy podcast tells you how to spot a five bright planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn in the evening sky.

Despite significant cost overruns, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is now set for a March 2021 launch assuming it receives Congressional reauthorization.

Researchers have found that ‘Oumuamua the first confirmed object to enter the solar system from interstellar space was a comet, releasing just enough gas to subtly change its course.

We got a peek at a new worldlet in the inner solar system this week, as the Japanese Aerospace Agency’s (JAXA) Hayabusa-2 gave us our first good looks at the tiny asteroid 162173 Ryugu.

Astronomers have conducted the best, galaxy-scale test of general relativity yet, and it rules out some (but not all) theories of modified gravity.

Will Mars soon be hidden under a veil of dust? Let’s hope not. We explore the current storm and the planet’s upcoming close opposition.

Scientists have discovered that a supervolcano likely created a mysterious rock formation on Mars some 3 billion years ago.

The dust storm on Mars that broke out at the end of May is now affecting the skies across the entire planet.

A recent experiment to better understand the nature of dark matter constrains a possible “fifth force” of nature to almost zero.

Summer star party season has begun – grab your scope or binoculars, pack a sleeping bag, and come and join the fun!

The nearby Red Planet displays remarkable changes every apparition. As Mars approaches opposition, keep an eye out for some of these differences.

Astronomers have watched the growth of a jet fueled by a shredded star.

A team of scientists says we now have an answer to one of the biggest mysteries of GW170817: after the neutron stars collided, what object was formed?

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has entered a new and final orbit that will take it less than 30 miles above the surface of asteroid Ceres.

A new method of measuring star formation in the earliest galaxies finds that theyre producing more massive stars than expected a result that could affect our understanding of how galaxies grow their stars.

A new study sheds light on an old mystery surrounding anomalous readings from the Apollo landing sites.

New research shows that interactions between small objects beyond Neptunes orbit and not a hypothetical Planet Nine could be the reason some far-flung solar system objects detach from their original orbits.

This week: Stars in the Milky Way’s outskirts give clues to our galaxy’s history, ancient stellar cities might not be as old as they appear, and the International Dark-sky Association awards its 100th Dark Sky Place.

How massive can a neutron star get? In a recent study, scientists may have identified the most massive neutron star yet by leveraging observations of its highly irradiated companion.

The Curiosity rover has detected organic molecules in ancient rocks on Mars.

Astronomers have discovered three more red, dusty objects near the Milky Ways central black hole that could be merged stars.

Two new studies one by a group of high school students are investigating the strange environment around Tabby’s Star.

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