Some of the most stunning views of Sunday's partial solar eclipse didn't come from Earth.
Astronomers have detected waves working together in the solar atmosphere, potentially heating the gas through turbulence.
Does your version of stargazing involve pointing your telescope at the Sun? With the right equipment, you can aid a project that aims to catch a solar flare in the act of erupting. The observing campaign is coming up soon: September 19 - 27, 2015.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has returned high-resolution, richly detailed images of Pluto and its moon Charon, revealing surfaces that are confounding in their complexity.
Residents of southern Africa get to watch the Moon cover part of the Sun not long after (or during) sunrise on Sunday, September 13th.
A new technique that relies on identifying stellar twins yields a novel way to measure the distances to stars.
The latest image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft reveals structure in the bright spots on the asteroid 1 Ceres.
Researchers on the ground have combed through a trove of images taken by orbiting astronauts to reveal unprecedented details about light pollution streaming from Earth's major cities.
A small body known as 2014 MU69, found by the Hubble Space Telescope barely a year ago, will be the next destination for NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.
A collaboration of amateur and professional astronomers has uncovered a rare variety of eclipsing binary star - and a supernova in the making.
This month's stargazing features pretty planetary treats in the eastern sky before dawn — and the last total lunar eclipse visible until 2018.
Pictures are great, but there's nothing like holding another world in your hands to appreciate its unique characteristics. True confession: even from childhood, I have always been a map junkie. Sure, I use GPS these days, but my car is still stuffed with road maps. The National Geographic Atlas of the World is not...
Dozens of solar specialists are coordinating outreach activities for a coast-to-coast total solar eclipse that's only two years away.
Astronomers have discovered that one galaxy of a nearby double-galaxy system has a giant, star-studded ring.
Scientists have discovered an ancient lakebed on Mars.
A lab experiment has all but nixed one of the theories of dark energy, a mysterious force pushing the universe apart.
Quadcopters, the four-propellered drones that have become a familiar sight in terrestrial skies, may be the next big thing in space exploration.
The Gemini Planet Imager has discovered its first exoplanet, a young Jupiter still glowing with the heat of its formation.
As the IAU General Assembly in Hawaii'i draws to a close, the results were still coming in: a new bevy of dwarf galaxies discovered around the Milky Way, the celebration of the first Dark-Sky Sanctuary, and a new directly imaged exoplanet to boot.
Astronomers have identified the smallest supermassive black hole ever detected in a galaxy’s center.
Meteors bright and faint rewarded patient watchers of the 2015 Perseid meteor shower. And the show continues tonight.
This year there's no Moon, and the Perseid meteor shower should peak at just the right time for North America. Every three years, more or less, the Moon is new around the peak night of the Perseid meteor shower — and it's that time again. New Moon falls on August 14th, which gives us...
The North East Region of the Astronomical League (NERAL) announces the presentation of the prestigious 2015 NERAL Walter Scott Houston award to former Sky & Telescope editor Dennis di Cicco.
Do sunspots affect climate change? How can you name an exoplanet? Here are the latest results from the world's largest astronomy conference.
Recent headlines proclaim that the universe is dying, but we’ve actually known that for decades. Here’s what’s really interesting about recent research on the nearby universe.