On October 10th, less than eight months after the 1,100th comet was found in images obtained by the SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) spacecraft, No. 1,200 was discovered by Bo Zhou.
Guyana, Surinam, and French Guiana were the places to be to see last Friday's annular eclipse of the Sun. These small tropical countries on the northern coast of South America were the only solid ground touched by the path of annularity at sunrise that day; the rest of its narrow, 13,800-kilometer-long track traversed the open…
An American, a Brazilian, and an Australian will share the eighth annual Edgar Wilson Award for amateur comet discovery. The award is given to amateur astronomers (or professional astronomers acting in an amateur capacity) who find one or more new comets using privately owned equipment.
A total eclipse of the Sun is a spectacular sight. With a little preparation and advance planning, you can capture your own souvenir portrait of this awe-inspiring sight.
Today’s digital cameras are no longer limited to bright targets, such as the Sun, Moon, or planets. Even star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae are now fair game.
Finally, there’s a way for anyone to take decent astronomical images through a telescope.
The Astronomical League has recognized three more astronomically-minded high-school students.
Two teams of astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to obtain our sharpest views of Jupiter's Red Spot Jr.
Mark your calendars! This year's Astronomy Day festivities take place May 6th.
Built in the 1950s, the 330-seat London Planetarium will go dark for good this July.
The Royal Greenwich Observatory, once the center of the timekeeping universe, will become an even more inviting astro tourist site.
The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory continues to monitor the Sun night and day #151; long past its expected lifetime.
Astronomers are gathering their efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Australia's Robert O. Evans has bagged his 40th visual supernova discovery, in the galaxy NGC 1559.
A team of volunteer amateur astronomers from five countries, has made its 100th supernova discovery.
A faint comet has suddenly brightened to 8th or 9th magnitude while shedding a chunk of its nucleus. It's visible with a telescope in early evening till about June 22nd, 2005.
How would you like to obtain observing time with the 8.1-meter Gemini North reflector and the 3.6-meter Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) atop Hawaii's legendary summit of Mauna Kea? Sound like an amateur astronomer's pipe dream? Well, two amateur clubs in Canada did just that, and they have the images to prove it. The Club d'astronomie de…
The Astronomical League recently announced the winners of its 2005 National Young Astronomer Award.
NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft, which is en route for a July 4th encounter with Comet Tempel 1, has an out of focus primary camera.
The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory satellite is on the verge of spotting comet number 1,000.
About 200 teachers, educators, and scientists gathered in Massachusetts for a three-day symposium called Cosmos in the Classroom.
Two Australians will share the sixth annual Edgar Wilson Award for amateur comet discovery. According to IAU Circular 8372 issued by the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams last July 12th, the winners are Vello Tabur (Wanniassa, Australian Capital Territory) for discovering C/2003 T3 and William A. Bradfield (Yankalilla, South Australia) for C/2004 F4. In addition…
Public-school teacher and amateur astronomer Leonard L. Amburgey of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, is receiving the Benson Prize for his discovery of Earth-approaching asteroid 2000 NM. Established by Space Development Corp. founder James W. Benson in 1997, the award gives a cash prize of $500 for the first 10 discoveries of near-Earth asteroids by amateurs. Amburgey stumbled…
Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (CBAT) gives awards to comet hunters.
Chicago's Palmolive Building plans to feature a 7 billion candlepower light. Local Amateur Astronomers are concerned.