On April 1st astronomers and other important folk got serious about science jokes in an annual tradition of scientific tomfoolery.
There's much to take in during Saturday morning's total lunar eclipse, including a rare Moon-galaxy pairing, the splendid summer Milky Way, and a chance to see your shadow reach all the way to the Moon. When the Moon slips into Earth's shadow during Saturday morning's total lunar eclipse, the last thing you'll probably think about is...
The stars of northern winter linger in the west as celestial bears, a lion, and a snake climb in the east. Meanwhile, Jupiter and Venus sparkle overhead.
An unusually brief total eclipse of the Moon will be visible before dawn this Saturday, April 4th, from western North America. The eclipse happens on Saturday evening for Australia and East Asia.
Dozens of galaxy clusters confirm that dark matter particles slip right past each other within messy cluster mergers.
A 6th-magnitude nova erupted inside the Sagittarius Teapot and reached 4th magnitude. Now it has started fading.
NASA has selected the design for its Asteroid Redirect Mission, opting to retrieve a boulder from a larger asteroid.
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft has detected dust high in Mars’s atmosphere and auroras across the planet’s northern hemisphere.
With risky prospects on far-northern islands and at a premium aboard aircraft, observers looked on with awe as the Moon's shadow swept across the Arctic Ocean
Astronomers have found a set of new dwarf galaxy candidates near the Milky Way Galaxy, a discovery crucial to understanding dark matter.
As the countdown for Friday's total solar eclipse nears zero, "umbraphiles" from around the world are flocking to remote parts of the far north in the hope of finding clear skies.
A 6th-magnitude nova has erupted inside the Sagittarius Teapot. It may (or may not) still be brightening.
With just weeks left before it crashes into its host planet, NASA's Messenger spacecraft is making the most of its extremely low altitude and finding that Mercury isn't a completely dead world.
Astronomers have detected what look like four undulations in the Milky Way Galaxy’s disk. If the structures are all part of the disk, our galaxy is more than half again as large as we thought it was.
With the goal of better understanding Earth’s space weather environment, NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission launched just over an hour before midnight on March 12th from Cape Canaveral.
A radar sounder aboard China's first-ever lunar lander found at least nine discrete subsurface layers at its landing site in northern Mare Imbrium.
Sky & Telescope is leading its third annual trip to Iceland this fall to explore a unique culture and witness the northern lights. Come join us!
Follow Comet Lovejoy high overhead while you still can. Use our February finder chart below. The comet is fading more slowly than expected.
The long-distance traveler has finally arrived at the first dwarf planet (and largest asteroid) yet studied by spacecraft.
When the Moon next covers the Sun, on the equinox, its hard-to-reach path will include the North Pole but very little land.
For the first time, astronomers are watching as a supernova’s light bends around a massive galaxy on its way to Earth.
Astronomers have found two just-born star clusters an incredible 16,000 light-years above the plane of the Milky Way galaxy.
Scientists have found what seems to be an intermediate-mass black hole in a spiral galaxy 100 million light-years away. If its size is confirmed, it could provide much-needed insight into black hole evolution.
A small galaxy 700 million years after the universe’s birth has a dust reservoir that makes it look like a much older galaxy.
New observations suggest that several dozen low-mass stars, and eventually perhaps even planets, are forming just 2 light-years from our galaxy’s supermassive black hole.