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  • Look for Orionid meteors this month October 15, 2017
    Details on the annual Orionid meteor shower. How and when to watch. In 2017, the peak morning is probably October 21. But start watching now, before dawn!
    Deborah Byrd
  • Star of the week: Schedar October 13, 2017
    Cassiopeia the Queen is one of the easiest-to-recognize constellations, having the shape of an M or W, Schedar is the Queen's brightest star.
  • Meet the Double Cluster in Perseus October 13, 2017
    The Double Cluster in the constellation Perseus is a breathtaking pair of star clusters, each containing supergiant suns. How to find it in your sky.
    Bruce McClure
  • EarthSky’s 2017 meteor shower guide October 9, 2017
    Draconids have passed, mostly in bright moonlight. Orionids, Taurids, Leonids and Geminids ahead! Orionids peak before dawn October 21, in a moon-free sky.
    Bruce McClure
  • International Observe the Moon Night October 9, 2017
    A public event coming up on October 28. Events scheduled around the globe. Click in for more info and links.
    Deborah Byrd
  • Close encounters of the planet kind October 7, 2017
    Brilliant Venus and faint Mars swept close last week, in the east before sunup. Check out these awesome photos!
    Deborah Byrd

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  • This Week’s Sky at a Glance, October 13 – 21 October 13, 2017
    Want to become an amateur astronomer? First, learn your way around the constellations! They're the key to locating everything fainter and deeper to hunt with binoculars or a telescope. The post This Week’s Sky at a Glance, October 13 – 21 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Alan MacRobert

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  • Fire threatens Mount Wilson Observatory October 17, 2017
    Firefighters are battling to keep the 30-acre blaze from reaching the observatory's historic equipment.
  • Astronomers Tally All the Gold in Our Galaxy October 17, 2017
    Before “he went to Jared,” two neutron stars collided. That’s what scientists learned from studying the debris fallout after a cosmic explosion called a kilonova — 1,000 times brighter than a standard nova — which appeared, and was witnessed by astronomers, in earthly skies Aug. 17. For decades, astronomers debated the origins of the heaviest […]
  • LIGO Detects a Neutron Star Merger October 16, 2017
    New LIGO discovery is an astronomer’s dream come true.
  • Dawn of an Era: Astronomers Hear and See Cosmic Collision October 16, 2017
    For hundreds of millions of years, two city-sized stars in a galaxy not-so-far away circled each other in a fatal dance. Their dimensions were diminutive, but each outweighed our sun. They were neutron stars — the collapsed cores left behind after giant stars explode into supernovas. Closer and closer they spun, shedding gravitational energy, until […]
  • Astronomy without light October 13, 2017
    Gravitational waves let us see the invisible universe in new ways.

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