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Three Missions Head for Mars

The summer of 2020 will see three spacecraft launch toward the Red Planet, each one with distinct objectives. The post Three Missions Head for Mars appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

Comet NEOWISE Delights at Dawn

Skywatchers are treated to a naked-eye comet as NEOWISE emerges into the the dawn sky. The post Comet NEOWISE Delights at Dawn appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

Two Bright Supernovae Light Up Nearby Galaxies

Two bright new supernovae — 2020nlb in M85 and 2020nvb in NGC 4457 — are now within the range of amateur telescopes in the western sky at nightfall. The post Two Bright Supernovae Light Up Nearby Galaxies appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

Alignment of a Star and a Planet

Unlike in our solar system, not all planets orbit in the same direction as their stars rotate. A nearby planetary system may reveal how these orbits form. The post Alignment of a Star and a Planet appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

Close Encounters in the Milky Way — and What They Mean for Planets

New research shows stellar flybys are common in our galaxy’s crowded center. That could have both good and bad (but mostly bad) effects on growing planets. The post Close Encounters in the Milky Way — and What They Mean for Planets appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

Anticipation Grows for Comets NEOWISE and Lemmon

Comet NEOWISE is predicted to become a naked-eye object, while Comet Lemmon might become a binocular target. The post Anticipation Grows for Comets NEOWISE and Lemmon appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

July 2020: Welcome Jupiter & Saturn

July's 11-minute Sky Tour astronomy podcast describes what to see in the summer sky in a casual, engaging way that your whole family can enjoy. The post July 2020: Welcome Jupiter & Saturn appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

Venus Passes in Front of the Solar Corona (VIDEO)

Two astronomers captured the silhouette of Venus as it passed in front of the solar corona. The post Venus Passes in Front of the Solar Corona (VIDEO) appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

Photographers “Capture the Dark” with Stunning Images of the Night

Stunning images of the night remind us why we need to protect dark skies. See the photos that won the International Dark-sky Association's contest. The post Photographers “Capture the Dark” with Stunning Images of the Night appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

NASA to Use Pulsar Navigation for Deep Space Missions

NICER and SEXTANT demonstrate XNAV pulsar navigation system that may be used on Artemis.

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