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  1. SpaceX has placed more than 1,000 Starlinks in orbit, and other companies are following suit. Here's the latest on what's being done to protect astronomy.

    The post Beyond Starlink: The Satellite Saga Continues appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  2. Measurements of Starlink's "VisorSat" show SpaceX has succeeded in making a less reflective satellite. But it's still visible from dark-sky areas.

    The post Starlink Satellites Are Fainter Now — But Still Visible appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  3. Right after dark, face east and look very high. The bright star there is Capella, the Goat Star. To the right of it, by a couple of finger-widths at arm's length, is a small, narrow triangle of 3rd- and 4th-magnitude stars known as "the Kids." Though they're not exactly eye-grabbing, they form a never-forgotten asterism with Capella.

    The post This Week's Sky at a Glance, January 22 – 30 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  4. China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft helped deliver samples from the Moon to Earth. Now it’s heading for an extended mission to observe the Sun.

    The post China's Chang'e 5 Probe Heads Sunward appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  5. If you own an 8-inch or larger telescope you might see more than a dozen new and returning comets this year, including one potential naked-eye candidate.

    The post Comet Watch 2021 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.