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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…

NKAF and VCF Team Up to Bring Family Astronomy Events to Libraries in the NEK

The Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation (NKAF) was awarded a $2,500 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s (VCF) Northeast Kingdom Fund for a program called “Building Community through Astronomy: Intergenerational STEM Learning.” Kids, teens, and adults are coming together to learn about and view the skies either at Northern Skies Observatory (NSO) in Peacham or at libraries in the…

April 27, 2014: Tragedy on Everest, Rowing Across the Pacific, Wrestling Mongolians and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week his guests reflect on the dangers of climbing Mount Everest after the recent tragedy, row a boat across the oceans and bike across continents to circumnavigate the globe, discover what it is like to be a kid in Mongolia, learn what happened This Weekend In History, detect land mines in Cambodia, travel in style with your dog companion, discover new ways which drug trafficking is cutting down the rainforest, gave through space and time with the world’s most powerful satellite array, and understand why Sherpas climb deadly peaks on Wild Chronicles.

Comet Collisions Spotted Around Distant Star

Violent comet crashes are occurring around a star easily visible to sky-watchers, astronomers report. The star is one already known to harbor a burgeoning solar system. Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) Telescope in northern Chile announced this week that they have found a giant clump of carbon monoxide gas in the dusty disk…

5 Sky Events This Week: Charioteer Rides With Stellar Gifts, Moon Pairs With Heavenly Gems

Starry skies abound this holiday week, with treats for both the novice and the seasoned sky-watcher.  The moon joins bright stellar landmarks, while brilliant star clusters take center stage in the sky. Celestial charioteer. With the moon absent from the early evening sky on Monday, December 23, it’s a great time to look instead toward…

World’s Largest Backyard Telescope

Ask any backyard stargazer—bigger is better when it comes to telescopes. One Utah amateur has turned just such a towering dream into reality. Truck driver by day and passionate skywatcher by night, Mike Clements has built what appears to be the world’s largest modern-day amateur telescope.  The behemoth telescope has a primary mirror measuring 70…

Photos: Sharpest Views of the Cosmos Ever

Astronomers have built a new astro-camera that, when fitted onto the largest observatories on Earth, can snap photos of the universe twice as sharp as the famed Hubble Space Telescope. With the newly developed technology, giant telescopes can reach their theoretical limits of resolution in visible light —something that was just not possible, until now,…

Photos: Moment of Violent Starbirth Captured

While Hollywood paparazzi prize a first snapshot of a celebrity’s newborn, astrophotographers are always on the hunt for something more elusive—the birth of distant stars like our sun. Now it looks like astronomer may have photographic evidence. Using a giant radio telescope in the Chilean desert, they have managed to  snap images of the first…

Monster Astro Camera on the Hunt

Impressed by your new 12-megapixel digital SLR? Check out the 1,380-megapixel camera astronomers use to keep watch for asteroids that might threaten Earth.

Brief History of the Astronomical Telescope I: Galileo Galilei and the unlikely fate of his middle finger…

Just as 2005, commemorating the Centennial of Einstein’s Annus Mirabilus (“Miracle Year”) was celebrated as the “Year of Physics,” 2009 commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the invention of the astronomical telescope was celebrated as the “Year of Astronomy.” It is generally known that the German-Dutch lens maker Hans Lipperchey had received the first patent for…

Moon Used to Peek Inside Jupiter’s “Missing” Belt

Last May amateur astronomers alerted the world to the fact that the gas giant planet Jupiter had lost a belt. Normally the stormy world is encircled by two dark, rusty bands of clouds created by fast-moving jet streams. The features are easy to spot with a backyard telescope (and even easier with pro ‘scopes, such…

New Dark Matter Map Solving Galactic Puzzle?

One of the brilliant things about astrophysics is being able to take pictures of invisible stuff. Infrared telescopes, for example, allow astronomers to see “dark” nebulas (picture), clouds of dust and gas that weakly reflect light from nearby stars, glowing mostly in thermal emissions. Similarly, high-energy x-rays and gamma rays let scientists “see” black holes,…

Saturn’s Rings: 400 Years of Engagement

Today scientists with the Cassini mission to Saturn released yet another glorious picture of the gassy planet’s icy rings—in this case, a shot of the shepherd moon Prometheus carving arcs in the thin, outer F ring. —Image courtesy NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute Cassini has been in orbit around Saturn since June 2004, and it’s sent back…

NASA Balloon Crashes in Australia

Gamma ray astronomy took a hit today, when a balloon carrying a NASA telescope toward space crashed back to Earth, sideswiping an SUV, narrowly missing onlookers, and wrecking its rather pricey payload. The “other” ABC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, caught video of the failure to launch: The huge, long-duration balloon was supposed to lift up…