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Update on a Possible Outburst of Meteors

Will there be a new meteor shower on the night of May 30–31? There's only one way to find out. The post Update on a Possible Outburst of Meteors appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

Mystery of the Sun's Chemical Makeup Lingers

Astronomers think they might have a solution to the conundrum of the Sun's chemical composition. The post Mystery of the Sun's Chemical Makeup Lingers appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

A New Way to See the Big Dipper

Unlike most asterisms, many of the Big Dipper's stars really are physically connected. They belong to a loosely bound stellar stream called the Ursa Major Moving Cluster. The post A New Way to See the Big Dipper appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

Piano Concerto on the Planets Premieres

A piano concerto based on the solar system’s planets just had its world premiere. And you can hear a sampling of the music right here! The post Piano Concerto on the Planets Premieres appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

The Sun Is Waking Up — Right On Schedule

The Sun is ramping up activity, but contrary to some reports, this solar cycle is still consistent with scientists' predictions. The post The Sun Is Waking Up — Right On Schedule appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 20 – 28

The advancing spring sends Vega high and Capella low. The Coma Berenices cluster glitters shyly way up, big and dim. Glance up anytime to check on changing Beta Lyrae. And now in the dawn, Jupiter aligns with Mars. The post This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 20 – 28 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

Seeing Inside a Cosmic Superaccelerator

Astronomers are exploring a celestial particle accelerator in the Eel Nebula that surrounds a distant pulsar. The post Seeing Inside a Cosmic Superaccelerator appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

NASA's Insight Lander Detects Monster 'Marsquake'

NASA’s Mars Insight lander witnessed the largest quake detected on another world at just the right time — as the lander begins to run low on power. The post NASA's Insight Lander Detects Monster 'Marsquake' appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

A Cosmic Collision Could Have Made Two Dark Matter–Less Galaxies

Astronomers connect the dots between two strange doppelganger galaxies, uncovering what might be a string of galactic pearls created in a cosmic collision 8 billion years ago. The post A Cosmic Collision Could Have Made Two Dark Matter–Less Galaxies appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

Spotting Dots on the Sun

You’ve heard of sunspots, but how about Sun dots? A recent solar mission has snapped photos of tiny, bright dots on the Sun, and astronomers are contemplating their cause. The post Spotting Dots on the Sun appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

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