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  1. Astronomers have discovered auroras around a set of brown dwarfs — including one that wanders the galaxy by itself — indicating surprisingly strong magnetic fields in these failed stars.

    The post Auroras Discovered Around Rogue Brown Dwarf appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  2. The first "fast radio burst" detected by the Canadian CHIME radio telescope is a tantalizing hint of what’s to come.

    The post The Storm Begins: Canadian Telescope Spots Its First Radio Burst appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  3. The unique Parker Solar Probe launched on Sunday, August 12th, set to fly faster and come closer to the Sun than any spacecraft before it.

    The post NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Launches to “Touch the Sun” appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  4. Faint echoes of light illuminate what really happened during the Great Eruption of the super-star Eta Carinae.

    The post Sibling Rivalry Caused Eta Carinae’s Historic Explosion appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  5. Sometimes, it's just as exciting to watch a celestial object fade or disappear as it is to see it explode. We celebrate the "return" of a mysterious variable star and prepare for Pluto to occult a star.

    The post R Coronae Borealis Awakes and Pluto Blocks a Star appeared first on Sky & Telescope.