New studies offer contrasting scenarios for making the Moon. One argues for a one big splat early in solar-system history; a second envisions a score of lesser blows that built up the Moon over time; and a third suggests water was involved.
Astronomers have discovered an object in the active galaxy Cygnus A that wasn’t there before.
Astronomers suspect that a binary star system in Cygnus is preparing to make one star of two, erupting in a red nova that will be visible to the naked eye.
Two new asteroid missions, named Lucy and Psyche, will visit eight new worlds in the coming decade.
Every now and then, the Milky Way’s central, supermassive black hole tears apart a star and flings away some of its innards. Now astronomers think they know how to spot these cosmic spitballs.
In this coldest time of the year, the dim Little Dipper hangs straight down from Polaris after dusk – as if, per Leslie Peltier, from a nail on the cold north wall of the sky.
inter Nights Exploring the Lunar Arctic
Put on a coat, set up your scope, and become a polar explorer as we visit off-the-beaten-path craters and maria in the Moon’s arctic vastness.
It won’t be a great year for lunar eclipses, but the solar offerings are much better. Find out what’s visible from your location.
Download our monthly astronomy podcast to spot Venus and Mars in the west – and two star clusters high up – after sunset.
The movie Hidden Figures portrays the untold story of three African-American women who played an important role in the 1960s space race, and serves to inspire future generations.
Cannan Huey-You, just 11 years old, impressed professional astronomers this week with his research on a massive intergalactic gas cloud.