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Kelly Beatty

About Kelly Beatty

J. Kelly Beatty, S&T's Senior Editor, joined the staff of Sky Publishing in 1974 and specializes in planetary science and space exploration. Learn more about him here.

In early evening on June 30th, all eyes will be on Venus and Jupiter, which create a dramatic "double star" in the western sky after sunset.Sky & Telescope diagram

Venus and Jupiter: Together at Last

The two brightest planets are gliding closer together in the early evening sky, and their celestial dance culminates with an ultra-close pairing on June 30th. Anyone who pays even cursory attention to the evening sky has surely noticed that the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, have been drawing closer together in the west...

Here's the Wild Duck Cluster (Messier 11) as recorded with the USNO's just-released URAT1 survey. The magnitude limit is 19.0.U.S. Naval Observatory

New Ultra-Deep Star Catalog Released

With the initial release of the USNO's Robotic Astrometric Catalog (URAT1), astronomers now have precise positions for about 228 million stars in the northern sky. Given my love of stone walls, I've been thinking about building one in the backyard to enclose the flower beds. But I haven't had the gumption to actually buy...