With opposition only weeks away, will the current global dust storm finally break? We look at the prospects.
Hanging dramatically in the west during twilight next Sunday evening (July 15, 2018) will be a bright “star” and crescent: Venus and the Moon. The cosmic couple will be quite the eye-catcher if your sky is clear.
The expedition off the coast of Washington state performs a first, recovering meteorite fragments from a documented fall.
Astronomers using a new instrument on the Very Large Telescope in Chile have directly imaged a newborn planet.
This week in astronomy: Simulations show what kind of cataclysmic impact shaped the ice giant Uranus's evolution, new observations from Juno reveal complex auroral patterns due to Jupiter's moons, and NuSTAR provides conclusive evidence that the superstar Eta Carinae acts as a cosmic-ray accelerator.
The last and one of the most picturesque occultations of Aldebaran by the Moon happens on Tuesday morning, July 10. Catch it or wait 15 years for the next!
Scientists aren't comfortable yet saying that organics on Saturn's icy moon arose from life, but they have an idea of what to look for next.
July's a busy month for skywatching. Not only are five bright planets in view, but three comets and a newly-discovered nova are also observable. And it all starts with a bang on Independence Day.
Researchers have mapped the magnetic field in Supernova 1987A, shedding light on how stellar blasts act as particle accelerators.
New observations give more fuel to the concept of intermediate-mass black holes.
This month's astronomy podcast tells you how to spot a five bright planets — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn — in the evening sky.
Despite significant cost overruns, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is now set for a March 2021 launch — assuming it receives Congressional reauthorization.
Researchers have found that 'Oumuamua — the first confirmed object to enter the solar system from interstellar space — was a comet, releasing just enough gas to subtly change its course.
We got a peek at a new worldlet in the inner solar system this week, as the Japanese Aerospace Agency's (JAXA) Hayabusa-2 gave us our first good looks at the tiny asteroid 162173 Ryugu.
Astronomers have conducted the best, galaxy-scale test of general relativity yet, and it rules out some (but not all) theories of modified gravity.
Will Mars soon be hidden under a veil of dust? Let's hope not. We explore the current storm and the planet's upcoming close opposition.
Scientists have discovered that a supervolcano likely created a mysterious rock formation on Mars some 3 billion years ago.
The dust storm on Mars that broke out at the end of May is now affecting the skies across the entire planet.
A recent experiment to better understand the nature of dark matter constrains a possible "fifth force" of nature to almost zero.
Summer star party season has begun - grab your scope or binoculars, pack a sleeping bag, and come and join the fun!
The nearby Red Planet displays remarkable changes every apparition. As Mars approaches opposition, keep an eye out for some of these differences.
Astronomers have watched the growth of a jet fueled by a shredded star.
A team of scientists says we now have an answer to one of the biggest mysteries of GW170817: after the neutron stars collided, what object was formed?
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has entered a new and final orbit that will take it less than 30 miles above the surface of asteroid Ceres.
A new method of measuring star formation in the earliest galaxies finds that they’re producing more massive stars than expected — a result that could affect our understanding of how galaxies grow their stars.