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Astronomy News 2016-10-12T10:34:36+00:00

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  • Neural Network Finds 8-Planet System
    Scientists have applied a brand of artificial intelligence to data from the exoplanet-hunting Kepler satellite, resulting in the discovery of the first eight-planet system outside our own. The post Neural Network Finds 8-Planet System appeared first on Sky & Telescope.... Read more »
  • Official Names Approved for 86 More Stars
    The International Astronomical Union has given its official approval for 86 star names, following up on last year's announcement of 227 official star names. The post Official Names Approved for 86 More Stars appeared first on Sky & Telescope.... Read more »
  • AGU 2017: News from the Solar System
    ­­­Here's a quick look at results announced at the 2017 American Geophysical Union meeting in New Orleans: exploding meteoroids, Saturn's ring-atmosphere connection, and more bright spots on Ceres. The post AGU 2017: News from the Solar System appeared first on Sky & Telescope.... Read more »
  • Does New Horizons’ Target Have a Moon?
    New analysis from the New Horizons team suggest that the spacecraft's next target in the Kuiper Belt might have a third companion. The post Does New Horizons’ Target Have a Moon? appeared first on Sky & Telescope.... Read more »
  • What’s the Thinnest Crescent Moon You Can See?
    A slender Moon is an beautiful and inspiring sight. December and January offer several opportunities to see these exceptional crescents. The post What’s the Thinnest Crescent Moon You Can See? appeared first on Sky & Telescope.... Read more »
  • Juno Probes Depths of the Great Red Spot
    NASA’s Juno spacecraft peeked under the clouds of the most iconic weather feature in the solar system, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, revealing a complex structure deep below the surface. The post Juno Probes Depths of the Great Red Spot appeared first on Sky & Telescope.... Read more »
  • Which of Kepler’s Stars Flare?
    The habitability of distant exoplanets is dependent upon many factors — one of which is the activity of their host stars. To learn about which stars are most likely to flare, a recent study examines tens of thousands of stellar flares observed by Kepler. Need for a Broader Sample Most... Read more »
  • Fantastic Year for Geminid Meteor Shower
    Mark the date: December 13th. That's the night the Geminid meteor shower peaks. Highlighted by the return of its parent asteroid 3200 Phaethon, this year's show promises to be one of the best ever. The post Fantastic Year for Geminid Meteor Shower appeared first on Sky & Telescope.... Read more »
  • Eye Damage Reported from August’s Eclipse
    For a young woman who stared too long on August 21st, the partially eclipsed Sun left a lasting impression — on her retinas. The post Eye Damage Reported from August’s Eclipse appeared first on Sky & Telescope.... Read more »
  • Stars Map Dark Matter in Dwarf Galaxy
    A combo of Hubble and Gaia data reveal the distribution of dark matter in a tiny galaxy by tracking the galaxy’s stars. The post Stars Map Dark Matter in Dwarf Galaxy appeared first on Sky & Telescope.... Read more »