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  1. Pisces–Eridanus may try to pass itself off as a billion years old, but scientists are calling its bluff. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has now carded this nearby stream of stars, revealing that it’s actually a relative baby! Looking for Age Stellar streams are faint associations of stars that were born together and move together, but they’ve been stretched into long tails across the sky. Some stellar streams likely […]

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  2. A tiny, 4-meter fragment dubbed Churyumoon has been spotted orbiting Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which the Rosetta mission visited in 2014–2016.

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  3. A well-traveled geophysicist recounts his curious findings at a prominent geographic benchmark in the Southern Hemisphere.

    The post Where is the Tropic of Capricorn? appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  4. Astronomers announce another planet around Beta Pictoris, simulations explain Jupiter's large and fuzzy core, and observations reveal an ancient star.

    The post Beta Pic’s New Planet, Jupiter’s Fuzzy Core & An Ancient Star appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  5. It's high summer and time to party — star party, that is. The RAC Summer Star Party offered fun, friends, and some good, clear nights this year. As is typical for New England, the spring season was wet and cloudy with few opportunities for extended observing sessions. But at least that meant I had plenty of time to dream up my observing lists for the summer star party season. This […]

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