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M63 by Andrew Lesser
Andrew Lesser won Astrophoto of the Week for his submission of Messier 63, otherwise known as M63 and the Sunflower Galaxy. Mark Germani is the runner-up, thanks to his image of NGC 7789 (Caroline’s Rose).
This Week’s Night Sky: May 29-June 4, 2023
Set your telescope and binoculars towards Mars and Jupiter, among other planets, and especially the full Moon. Prepare for an interesting week of observation and astrophotography!
Days-old supernova appears in Pinwheel Galaxy
Dubbed SN 2023ixf, the Type II supernova was recently discovered in the nearby Pinwheel Galaxy (Messier 101/ M101) — about 21 million light years away.
Hubble evidence points to rare class of black hole in M4 core
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope found evidence of a rare intermediate-sized black hole in the heart of the globular star cluster Messier 4.
A beginner’s guide to binoculars for astronomy
The following article is published as part of a collaboration with the Actual Astronomy podcast. Episode 322 explores the benefits of using binoculars as introductory equipment to observational astronomy.
NASA releases solar eclipse educational material
NASA released new resources for educators about the upcoming annular and solar eclipses as part of a collaboration between My NASA Data and the NASA Heliophysics Education Activation Team (NASA HEAT). The resources include lesson plans, short activities, a story map, and more.
Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin to build lunar lander for Artemis V mission
The company, which was founded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is responsible for designing, developing, testing, and verifying the Blue Moon lander.
This Week’s Night Sky: May 22-28, 2023
The crescent Moon will “pose” with the planets the week of May 22. The Moon will also find itself near Mars and the Beehive. And keep an eye out for two shadows and the Great Read Spot on Jupiter!
Official closure message published on SkyNews website
The note on the website is the latest update from the RASC and suggests the non-profit continues to move forward with shutting down all aspects of SkyNews.
BlackGEM hunts for cataclysmic events that create gravitational waves
The array will be used to quickly and precisely scan the night sky using visible light in search of gravitational-wave sources: major cosmic events, such as the collision of black holes or the merger of neutron stars.