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Stellar Snow Globe Mystery Solved With Hubble’s Help

Star clusters offer thrilling sights for stargazers.

6 Sky Events This Week: Chance of Sky Lights and Shooting Stars

  Lunar and planetary spectacles fill the starry skies this week, alongside the chance of auroras and shooting stars. Perseids trickle. Late night on Monday, look for stragglers from the Perseids meteor shower. While it peaked a week ago, the shooting stars will continue to fly until August 24. According to the international observing reports, the Perseids…

4 Sky Events This Week: Ice Giants and Deep Sky Jewels

The moon dances with the outer planets this week for sky-gazers.

Milky Way’s Most Distant Stars Spotted

Astronomers have spotted the most distant stars still inside the Milky Way Galaxy.

Cosmic Cannibalism Reveals How Galaxies Grow

Viewable by amateur astronomers, the Umbrella Galaxy is dining on a smaller companion.

Soccer Mania Stretches From Brazil to Mercury?

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…

Top Night Sky Photo Winners for 2014

Award winning astronomy photos sparkled this week.

Giant Blast Marks Milestone for Future Monster Telescope

A giant telescope kicks off construction with a mountaintop blast today.

5 Sky Events This Week: Goddess of Love and Distant Giants

The goddess of love this week brightens the dawn hours for skywatchers.

Hubble Telescope Unveils Most Colorful View of the Universe Yet

NASA’s Hubble space telescope has unveiled its latest, greatest, deepest view of galaxies.

Super Earths Found Circling Ancient Star

A habitable-zone planet circles a nearby star zipping past our solar system.

5 Sky Events This Week: Rare Celestial Shadow Dance and Leo Paws at the Moon

A brightening comet, Jupiter’s moons and a rendezvous with Mars fill out another exciting week in skywatching.

So What Happened With the Camelopardilid Meteors?

Space particles of the wrong size—too small—resulted in an underwhelming sky show.

4 Sky Events This Week: Comet Challenge, Stellar Trio, and Planet Pairings

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,…

Stunning Snapshot: Southern Star Cluster Helps Unlock Galactic Mysteries

A colorful star cluster offers a delightful viewing opportunity for both professional astronomers and amateur skywatchers.