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  1. Several thousands of amateur astronomers flocked to the 2017 Northeast Astronomy Forum, held every year in Suffern, New York, to see some of the hottest new telescopes, mounts, cameras, eyepieces, and other astronomy equipment at one of the world's largest astro trade shows. Former S&T editor Dennis di Cicco interviewed several vendors about their newest products. Browse vendors below and click to watch these in-depth conversations and find full details […]

    The post NEAF 2017 Astronomy Equipment Videos appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  2. Following the release of the 2018 budget, the space agency has ordered an “orderly closeout” for the Asteroid Redirect program.

    The post NASA Closes Out Its Asteroid Redirect Mission appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  3. Direct imaging of exoplanets was once only possible for the brightest of planets orbiting the dimmest of stars — but improving technology is turning this into an increasingly powerful technique. In a new study, direct-imaging observations of the Jupiter-like exoplanet 51 Eridani b provide tantalizing clues about its atmosphere.

    The post A Partly Cloudy Exoplanet appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  4. Are astronomers being misled about a possible ninth planet by the quirky alignment of orbits that they’re finding in the distant Kuiper Belt?

    The post New Wrinkles in the Search for “Planet X” appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  5. With two months to go until the total solar eclipse on August 21, it's time to get planning — if you haven't already!

    The post Eclipse 2017: T–2 Months and Counting appeared first on Sky & Telescope.