The Red Planet has inspired a long history of brilliant mistakes.
Traveling through space can be a bumpy ride! Join Govert Schilling on a scenic road trip across southern Africa filled with craters and meteorites.
Chandeliers of the galaxy, these distant stellar swarms fire our sense of wonder. Hop on and we'll tour 16 of season's finest!
A brand new supernova in NGC 6946 is bright enough to see in modest-sized telescopes. Here's how to find it.
Sky & Telescope's third tour to this astronomical paradise in South America wowed its participants day and night. Here's what they saw!
Large asteroid 2014 JO25 cruised past Earth on April 19, and Goldstone and Arecibo radars were at the ready to capture what turned out to be yet another twin-lobed asteroid.
Another binocular comet? You better believe it. Comet Johnson takes center stage at nightfall this month and next.
The Grand Finale is underway, as NASA's Cassini spacecraft sails through a clear gap between Saturn and its rings.
Find out how to remove light pollution from your astrophotos so you can have dark skies instead of red-brown ones.
Cassini's Grand Finale has begun, as the spacecraft threaded the needle between Saturn and its rings, following several fantastic moon passes and a final glance back at Earth.
Pollen's no friend of the allergy-prone, but there's an upside to your itchy eyes — weird and colorful coronas around the Moon and Sun.
A cosmic rabbit hole in the tail of Leo will take you to Abell 1367, a wonderland of galaxies more than 300 million light-years from Earth. Step in and lose yourself in the vastness.
LISA Pathfinder, the technology testbed mission for a future gravitational-wave detector, turns out to be a surprisingly good micrometeoroid hunter.
The MEarth exoplanet survey nabs LHS 1140 b, a rocky planet transiting its host star just 41 light-years distant.
The annual Lyrid meteor shower will add some pop and sizzle to Saturday's pre-dawn sky. With little interference from the Moon, conditions are ideal for meteor watching.
Get ready for 2014 JO25, the biggest asteroid to fly this close to Earth since 2004. Good news — even a 3-inch telescope will show it! Update: See below for a radar image and animation of 2014 JO25 captured by NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar on April 18, 2017. Every week, a handful of new Earth-approaching asteroids…
Govert Schilling chronicles his travels to astronomical observatories across South Africa, the future site of the Square Kilometre Array.
Dawn comet C/2015 ER61 PanSTARRS just underwent a bright outburst and is now an easy binocular object. Take a look before the Moon returns!
NASA's Cassini mission nears its final act — the spacecraft will enter the first of its Grand Finale Orbits later this month.
You'll capture the night sky as it truly looks when you learn how to establish a proper white balance in your DSLR astrophotos.
It's easy to like Jupiter. No other planet offers such a bounty of amazing sights through the telescope, especially this week when it reaches opposition. On April 7th, the largest planet in the solar system will rise at sunset and shine all night. That's the date Jupiter lines up behind the Earth in opposition. The…
Terry Lovejoy's new comet has gone from faint to bright in just three weeks and is now a tempting binocular target at dawn.
Here are some tips on you, too, can see Sirius B, the "Pup" of the Dog Star, Sirius A.
Data from the Rosetta mission has linked outbursts on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko with dramatic changes on the comet's surface.
A recently discovered supernova in Lupus now shines around magnitude +11.5, bright enough to see in a modest telescope. With photos and maps, we'll get you there. I wished I lived in Georgia and not just for the peach trees and warmer weather. No, I'd be able to get up early tomorrow morning to marvel at…