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A new comet observing campaign for C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring)

Karl Battams • January 27, 2014 • 1

You thought you were rid of us...but we're back! Following the spectacular and, quite frankly unprecedented, success of the Comet ISON Observing Campaign, we are launching a similar venture for another unique cometary encounter that's happening this year. In October 2014, comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) will pass extremely close to Mars.

Planetary Radio: NEOWISE PI Amy Mainzer

Mat Kaplan • January 01, 2014 • 1

NEOWISE has reawakened to discover many more asteroids and comets. The mission leader thanks the amateur astronomers who follow up on these discoveries.

A case of the measles for Jupiter?

Emily Lakdawalla • November 26, 2013 • 1

Amateur astronomer Christopher Go has found Jupiter to be putting on a fun show for observers: it's sprouting little red spots "like it has a measles attack!"

Comet ISON Enters the Final Countdown

Karl Battams • November 19, 2013 • 6

We're now less than two weeks away from comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) reaching perihelion and, if we’re honest, we are still none the wiser as to how the situation might play out!

Neptune: The new amateur boundary?

Christophe Pellier • November 07, 2013 • 3

Can features on Neptune be observed by amateur astronomers? For years, the Hubble Space Telescope and some professional terrestrial observatories have been revealing incomplete belts and spots on the surface of Neptune. Now, spots have been imaged by amateurs.

Asteroid Telescope First Light

Bruce Betts • August 16, 2013 • 5

Using a Shoemaker NEO Grant a new telescope is operating in Illinois to do asteroid tracking.

Comet ISON lives on! (we think...)

Karl Battams • August 13, 2013 • 1

For several weeks now, ground-based observers have been blind to Comet ISON as our local star was sitting directly between us and the comet. I am delighted to share two pieces of good news: first, that ISON is still alive and well, and secondly that it has been recovered.

Found a Killer Asteroid? Who Ya Gonna Call?

Mat Kaplan • July 08, 2013

Astronomer Timothy Spahr directs the Minor Planet Center, the global clearinghouse for asteroids, comets and other relatively small objects in the solar system, including moons. He also coordinates the Society's Shoemaker NEO grant program.

Checking in on Jupiter

Emily Lakdawalla • March 12, 2013 • 2

We don't have any spacecraft at Jupiter right now, which is a pity. Until we do, we have to rely upon Earth-based astronomers to monitor the changing face of the largest planet.

Saturn's Hexagon Viewed from the Ground

Leigh Fletcher • February 01, 2013 • 2

For the first time, amateur astronomers are capturing spectacular images of Saturn's bizarre north polar hexagon.

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