Friday, July 14, 2017

EarthSky News - July 14 - Planet 9

July 14

Planet 9

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Planet 9 hypothesis alive and well

Is there an unknown, massive planet on the fringes of our solar system? New work that claims to remove observational bias also supports this very exciting possibility. 

Scorpius? Here's your constellation

The Scorpion in the sky and in mythology.

Scorpion stinger stars Shaula and Lesath

Shaula and Lesath are noticeably bright and close together.  They lie at the end of the Scorpion's graceful curved tail.

M6 and M7 in the Scorpion's Tail

Possibly the finest star clusters visible at this time of year.

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Tonight … Vega and its constellation Lyra

The Summer Triangle isn't a constellation. It's a large asterism, or noticeable star pattern. But Vulpecula, Delphinus and Sagitta are officially recognized as constellations.

Big sunspot at sunset

Neeti Kamthekar captured this photo of the lone sunspot that's been making its way across the sun in recent days. Looking at the sun - or aiming a camera its way - can be dangerous. We offer a link to some techniques for trying it, but always use extreme caution.
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