In the November 2013 issue of S&T, Joe Rao redirects Comet ISON speculation to answer a different question: just how often do showstopper comets grace our skies? His answer might surprise you. Rao looks back over all the comets of the past century, calling out examples of showstoppers, showpieces, and garden-variety comets. Readers predicted Comet…
How do amateur astronomers get made? Countless numbers of them were started on their way by this booming-voiced figure from New York's Hayden Planetarium.
Western skywatchers are hoping to see a display of bright meteors on the morning of September 1st, as the Aurigid meteor shower is predicted to make a strong but brief showing.
Renowned astronomer and astronomy popularizer Kenneth L. Franklin died on June 18, 2007, two weeks after undergoing heart surgery. He was 84 years old.
The Perseid meteor shower, due to peak on the morning of August 12th, should put on a nice show and may display a surprising new component.
A strong meteor shower may or may not return to our skies on the evening of June 23rd.
Despite the presence of a full Moon, the possibility of seeing one last Leonid storm should bring observers out in force.