Astronomers suspect that a binary star system in Cygnus is preparing to make one star of two, erupting in a red nova visible to the naked eye.
What’s inside a black hole? Wormholes? Alternate universes? If you fell into a black hole, only one thing’s for sure: its tidal forces would kill you.
Learn what a black hole is, what we mean by “singularity” and “ergosphere,” and why we think black holes are real.
Curiosity scientists have tracked Gale Crater’s changing environment as it became more, then less, acidic over millions of years. Microbial life could have survived in these conditions.
Planetary scientists have pinpointed the size of a near-Earth asteroid to be a mere 2 meters, one of the smallest ever characterized.
For the first time, astronomers have discovered a (potential) high-energy counterpart to a fast radio burst, and also used a different burst to probe the cosmic web.
NASA’s youngest Mars orbiter has watched clouds grow and detected an ozone accumulation on the Red Planet.
Observations from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal that the Moon is being pockmarked by meteoroids at a higher rate that previously predicted.
Sky & Telescope has put together a digest of active missions in 2017. We’ve included astrophysics, planetary, gravity, solar, space weather, and stellar projects.
Observations confirm that the closest star to our solar system has a regular magnetic cycle similar to our Sun.
A new analysis suggests that a subsurface ocean might lie deep beneath the crust of Saturn’s moon Dione.
A new e-digest from the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center gives the public a head’s up on passing asteroids.
Astronomers have found a unique trait of spiral arms that supports a longstanding idea about where these patterns come from.
Astronomers have discovered a planet in the habitable zone of the closest star to the Sun.
Living in voids might be tangentially responsible for three small galaxies’ recent flurries of starbirth.
Cassini radar observations reveal a channel system on Saturn’s biggest moon, Titan, that is drowned in liquid methane.
An intergalactic cloud has slammed into the Milky Way Galaxy and left a big hole.
The dwarf planet has a paucity of big pockmarks because it has somehow erased them.
Astronomers have discovered a giant planet with an exceptionally wide orbit in a young system of three suns.
Spectral observations by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft reveal that the dwarf planet’s mysterious beacon is made of salt.
Astronomers may have solved the case of the Milky Way’s missing satellite galaxies. The solution? The galaxies never existed.
Astronomers have detected three cold gas clumps falling toward a galaxy's center — at odds with the prevailing idea for how black holes grow.
A galaxy in the midst of a merger isn’t forming stars, even though it could. Astronomers think the galaxy’s central black hole might be the reason why.
Watch a million stars age in these prize-winning simulations of globular clusters. The simulations track the stars' movements and evolution over 12 billion years.
Scientists might have found the source of an incredibly energetic particle that bored into the Antarctic ice sheet.