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.
If you’ve got an 11-inch telescope or larger and you live in Southeast Asia, NG-funded astronomers need your help to catch an occultation of Pluto’s mysterious moon Hydra.
With one Pluto occultation on the books, teams spread around the globe are now racing to refine predictions for an event a few days later—the first time they’ve tried using a precursor occultation to pinpoint a second one.
Watch what happens when “the pesky Earth” blots out the view of a sun-watching satellite, and find out why the unusual eclipse could lead to trouble for technophiles.
Astronomers Cathy Olkin and Harold Reitsema arrive on Majuro and start collecting data to prepare for this week’s occultation of Pluto.
Follow along with a NASA expedition, partly funded by Nat Geo, to watch an occultation of Pluto and its moons from a scattering of remote Pacific islands.