When the massive, unstable southern star Eta Carinae sent a blast of X-rays into space last July, astronomers around the world were waiting and watching.
Where, exactly, did our oceans come from? New research suggests that asteroids might have both delivered and removed lots of water — and that Earth itself might have locked it away deep inside.
Our downloadable monthly podcast offers highlights for stargazing in January, how to find the planets, and a special look at the Pleiades star cluster
A highly successful spacecraft has ended its mission after returning nearly a decade of data on Earth's nearest planetary neighbor.
In a quartet of high-quality videos, Sky & Telescope editors offer newcomers solid, objective tips on how to buy, use, equip, and care for new telescopes.
An early outcome from Rosetta's scrutiny of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is that the isotopes in its water have distinctly different ratios than those on Earth.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft spent 14 months photographing Vesta from close range. Now geologists have completed a global map of the asteroid's surface geology.
Right on cue, New Horizons spacecraft has awakened from its final electronic hibernation. Seven months from now, it will make the first-ever visit to Pluto.
The annual Geminid meteor shower, one of the best shooting-star displays each year, returns to our skies late this week. Despite interference from moonlight, plenty of bright meteors should still shine through.
Last year the University of California ordered its astronomers to make historic Lick Observatory self-supporting by 2018. Now there's been a change of heart, and the university will continue to pay for its operation.
Our monthly podcast offers the key highlights for stargazing in December: where to find bright stars and planets — and how to spot the Geminid meteor shower.
Despite rescue efforts, no one has heard from one of two NASA spacecraft on the far side of the Sun since October 1st.
Scientists think they've figured out what causes the mysterious ruddy coloring in the giant planet's enormous oval storm.
With its battery power failing, Philae became the "little lander than could" and managed to return results from all 10 of its science instruments before slipping into hibernation.
After free-falling toward Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for seven hours, ESA's Philae lander bounced on the surface twice before finally coming to rest.
A fresh look at a nagging problem — asteroids moving in comet-like orbits — concludes that asteroids must make up about 4% of the vast, distant Oort Cloud of comets. When a telescope atop Hawaii's Haleakala swept up a fast-moving object in August 1996, astronomers didn't know what to make of it. Designated 1996...
The Rosetta spacecraft reached its objective, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, in August. Since then, one instrument has been "smelling" the mix of gases escaping from the comet's nucleus.
A Chang'e spacecraft swung around the Moon and its capsule landed safely on Earth — a dress rehearsal for a future mission to bring back lunar samples.
A mythic drama plays out in the stars above on November evenings. Taking center stage, almost directly overhead at nightfall, is Cassiopeia, the Queen.
Mercury moves fast around the Sun and changes location in the sky quickly. But you can spot it before sunrise in early November. Here's the info you'll need!
Mars-orbiting spacecraft escaped unscathed by Comet Siding Spring's close approach to the Red Planet — and unique scientific observations are now streaming back to Earth.
A gigantic sunspot group, rotating into view on October 17th, has grown to nearly the size of Jupiter and could trigger potent solar storms in the days ahead.
Just about everyone has heard of Halley's Comet, and each year in mid-October we get to witness a "shooting stars" spawned by this celebrated object.
On October 19th, Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) passes breathtaking close to Mars — as a small army of spacecraft (five of them orbiting the planet) watch.
Images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter show dozens of small, curious features that might be volcanic eruptions in the past 50 to 100 million years. Countless astronomers, both amateur and professional, have spent untold hours scrutinizing the Moon through telescopes for hints of volcanic activity. Numerous claims of "transient lunar phenomena" (TLP) have been...