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A new Smithsonian exhibit features artistic works from across the continent that touch on Africa’s cultural astronomy through the ages.
On Saturday, planetary scientists around the country will be washing cars, shining shoes, and selling cookies to combat NASA budget cuts.
Premiered last year for the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight, First Orbit offers a full-color HD version of what Gagarin saw in 1961.
A new time-lapse video of the starry night is a “tribute to to all skygazers around the world” released for Global Astronomy Month.
Rocks from South Africa hint that our planet once had periods of thick organic haze akin to what exists today on Saturn’s biggest moon.
Green pigs beware: Astronaut Ron Garan has given us a sneak peek at some astronomical facts we’ll need to conquer Angry Birds Space.
It’s cold, it’s dry, the air is thin. The nearest city is miles away across a barren landscape of boulder-strewn hills. At night, the only lights to guide you are the stars in the sky. Astronomers, welcome to paradise.
New NASA footage shows a long-lasting flare followed by an eruption of charged particles from the sun’s atmosphere aimed right at Earth.
Seen from the outside, our home galaxy is “the color of fine-grain, new spring snow in the early morning or late evening,” astronomers say.
While we wait for official word on the nature of the Namibian “space ball,” NASA’s Cassini orbiter is highlighting some spacey spheres of its own: Saturn and its colorful moons.
Either a comet crash or a stellar merger could have caused an unusual gamma-ray burst spied last year on December 25, two new studies argue.
Watch the sun send a massive cloud of charged particles hurtling toward Earth in newly released NASA footage.
Get inspired by five Halloween costume ideas based on some of the biggest space news stories—so far—of 2011.
Got lost in pictures of celestial beauty paired with otherworldly volcanic landscapes on the French island of Réunion.
Once you’ve found a new planet, what do you do with it? One young explorer recently traveled to the Spanish island of La Palma to answer this question using one of the biggest telescopes in the world.
The newly named Fried Egg nebula, a massive star encased in shells of debris, has been pegged as a rare yellow hypergiant, astronomers report.
A planet about 880 light-years from Earth may be about to meet Alderaan’s fate: It’s being blasted apart by a “death star.”
Watch the starry skies over South Dakota get taken over by lightening-filled summer storms in a new video.
An updated paper examines the many scenarios we may face if humans eventually make contact with intelligent aliens.
Featuring rivers of clouds swirling under star-studded skies, a new video made with pictures taken on the Spanish island of La Palma highlights why the northwestern Canary is a prime location for optical astronomy.
The hardy NASA rover is within a few hundred miles of the massive crater Endeavour, where it will spend the next few years studying Martian geology.
As a NASA craft faces possible tropical storm delays in Florida, a NOAA satellite already in orbit helps scientists keep tabs on a hurricane near Mexico.
After a heart-stopping hold on the countdown clock at 31 seconds, the space shuttle Atlantis roared to life today, kicking off the last ever space shuttle mission.
Astronomers across Asia and the Pacific prepare for tonight’s final occultation of Pluto and its small moon Hydra. Find out what they’ve been up to in the field and how you can lend a hand.