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  1. This is what the largest available image of the Milky Way using only off-the-shelf photographic equipment looks like.

    The post Amateurs Take Huge Panoramic View of the Milky Way — Without a Telescope appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  2. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched successfully on April 18th at 6:51 p.m. EDT aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to survey the entire sky for new worlds.

    The post Successful Launch for NASA’s TESS Exoplanet Mission appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  3. Astronomers have found the gamma-ray-emitting remains of three exploded stars, and the remnants might reveal the origin of cosmic rays.

    The post Gamma-ray Supernova Remnants Shed Light on Cosmic Rays appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  4. The annual Lyrid meteor shower will shoot off silent fireworks on Earth Day this Sunday. We explore the shower's origin and how best to view and photograph it.

    The post The Lyrid Shower Kicks Off Year of Great Meteor Watching appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  5. To mark International Dark Sky Week (April 15–21, 2018), here are some of the nation's finest stargazing spots, where artificial light is all but absent. There’s a simple rule for anyone searching for a dark sky; go somewhere others are not. The spread of LED lighting in North America over the past decade or so has worsened light pollution and skyglow in many previously dark locations. However, the vastness of […]

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