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Astronomers have spotted the most distant stars still inside the Milky Way Galaxy.
Viewable by amateur astronomers, the Umbrella Galaxy is dining on a smaller companion.
Worldwide celebration of the “beautiful game” may have spilled across the solar system to Mercury, according to NASA. The space agency’s MESSENGER spacecraft has spotted what appears to be a giant soccer ball on the scorched surface of the planet closest to the sun. While it may have the familiar pattern of a football, it…
A giant telescope kicks off construction with a mountaintop blast today.
The goddess of love this week brightens the dawn hours for skywatchers.
NASA’s Hubble space telescope has unveiled its latest, greatest, deepest view of galaxies.
A habitable-zone planet circles a nearby star zipping past our solar system.
A brightening comet, Jupiter’s moons and a rendezvous with Mars fill out another exciting week in skywatching.
Space particles of the wrong size—too small—resulted in an underwhelming sky show.
The parent of the now famous Camelopardalid meteor shower offers sky-watchers a challenge this week. They can also focus in on the Guardian of the Great Bear and watch four classic naked-eye planets swing into view. Comet Challenge. Now that the much hyped but disappointing Camelopardalid meteor shower has come and gone, its parent comet,…
A colorful star cluster offers a delightful viewing opportunity for both professional astronomers and amateur skywatchers.
Alone no more, a long-lost sibling to the sun appears to have been found 110 light-years from us. Astronomers think it will allow them to trace our stellar ancestry. Dubbed HD 162826, the familiar-looking yellow star is thought to have been born in the same ancient gas cloud as the sun. The same gas cloud…
Everyone loves cartoons, even cosmologists. They just call them simulations. Now, one of the great triumphs of modern cosmology—our understanding of how the universe evolved its kaleidoscope of stars, worlds, and galaxies—has been visualized in its first realistic simulation: “Until now, no single simulation was able to reproduce the universe on both large and small scales…