Read news from the world of astronomy for the week of March 2, 2018.
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Neutron Star Powers Ultraluminous X-rays
It turns out that neutron stars — not massive black holes — power at least some ultraluminous X-ray sources. Read more...
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An Eccentric Planet Skims a Giant Star
As part of a major survey of evolved stars, scientists have discovered the most eccentric planet known to orbit a giant. What can we learn from this unusual object before it’s eventually consumed by its host? Read more...
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Primordial Chill Hints at Dark Matter Interactions in Early Universe
A simple experiment has detected a signal from the first stars forming just 180 million years after the Big Bang. The observations have intriguing implications for the nature of dark matter. Read more...
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Could a Giant Impact Have Vaporized Earth to Create the Moon?
In a new twist on the giant impact theory, a new idea posits that the Moon might have formed from the vaporized remains of Earth after an epic collision with another planet-sized body. Read more...

Observing Highlights

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This Week’s Sky at a Glance, March 2 – 10
Spot Mercury, Venus, the Great Red Spot, and more in this week's sky! Read more...
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Full Moon Is Tycho Time
With this week's full Moon, the dazzling crater Tycho will be in full regalia. Time to catch some rays! Read more...
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Tour March’s Sky: Planet Peeks at Dusk
With winter's chill fading away, this is a great time to gaze up into the stars — and to be ready for an evening appearance by fleet-footed Mercury. This month's astronomy podcast guides you around the nighttime sky. Read more...
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A Beginner’s Guide to the Southern Hemisphere Sky
How and when to see Alpha Centauri, southern constellations such as the Southern Cross, and many other celestial sights on a trip south of the equator. Read more...

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Live Webinar: How to Chase and Photograph Auroras
Want to learn how to take stunning photos of dazzling Aurora? Join Sky & Telescope's live webinar on Monday, March 5th, with National Geographic photographer and founder of The World at Night (TWAN) program Babak Tafreshi as he reveals his techniques for capturing stunning images and time-lapse videos of both northern and southern lights. Read more...
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Southern Stargazing Tour
Only Sky & Telescope offers you a chance to stand in the Moon's shadow on July 2, 2019, and marvel at the splendors of the southern sky amid 5-star, all-inclusive luxury! Read more...

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Telescope’s 2018 Observatories of the American West Tour
Join Sky & Telescope Associate Editor JR Johnson-Roehr for an observing tour of the great observatories of the American West! Read more...

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Telescope‘s 2019 Finland Northern Lights Tour
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to see the shimmering Northern Lights dancing overhead? To find out, join Sky & Telescope’s Observing Editor Diana Hannikainen on a journey above the Arctic Circle deep in Finnish Lapland for a Northern Lights tour. Read more...

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