Exoplanet Found Around Proxima Centauri
Astronomers have discovered a planet in the habitable zone of the closest star to the Sun.
Could a Spacecraft Make it to Proxima Centauri?
Dust and gas between stars pose a threat to spacecraft en route from Earth to Proxima Centauri – and scientists are seriously considering the problem now that the prospect of interstellar travel is no longer sci-fi.
Feared lost for almost two years, NASA’s Stereo B solar observatory is now back in (tentative) contact with mission control.
Retrograde Rock “Niku” Defies the Orbital Trend
The discovery of trans-Neptunian object 2011 KT19 in a strange orbit deepens a key mystery in the outer solar system.
Living in voids might be tangentially responsible for three small galaxies’ recent flurries of starbirth.
This Week’s Sky at a Glance, August 26 – September 3
In addition to this weekend’s Venus-Jupiter conjunction, you might also try for much fainter Mercury to the pair’s lower left. Also, say hi to the Double Cluster in Perseus.
The two brightest planets – Venus and Jupiter – are performing the next few evenings: look after dusk on August 27th to see the pair less than half a degree apart!
Polarized Light: From Blue Sky to Egg Nebula
Bees see polarized light and use it to navigate to honey. Learn how you can use it to crack the Egg Nebula.
Tour August’s Sky: Planets Aplenty
Download or play Sky & Telescope‘s astronomy podcast, and you’ll get a guided tour of the night sky.
S&T‘s Guide to the 2017 Total SOlar Eclipse
We’ve assembled the resources to help you prepare for the coast-to-coast total solar eclipse — check back often as we continue to update this page!