These Huge Beer Keg Tanks Will Study Cosmic Explosions

Located 13,500 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mexico's Volcán Sierra Negra, a new scientific tool comprised of 300 huge tanks holding 55 million liters of water, will soon detect the highest energy photons ever observed. » 3/23/15 9:40am 3/23/15 9:40am

The Bright Lights of Border Control Scare the Astronomers' Stars Away

There's a reason you can't see stars in the city—lights. Lights everywhere! They drown the sky's bounty out, and apparently it's even affecting Arizona astronomers, who are unfortunately situated right by the border...and the border patrol's spotlights. » 5/20/11 2:00pm 5/20/11 2:00pm

South Korean Shipping Containers Repurposed For Optimum Sunset…

Shipping containers in my mind are forever associated with grim situations seen in TV shows like Dexter or The Wire, but in South Korea they can also be observatories for viewing sunsets. » 2/17/10 12:20pm 2/17/10 12:20pm

Astronomers Take First Ever Pics of Other Planetary Systems

Huge astronomy news! For the first time EVER » 11/13/08 10:30pm 11/13/08 10:30pm, galaxy researchers have taken pictures of planets orbiting a sun-star, much like our own. The first, taken by the much beloved Hubble Telescope, shows a planet orbiting the bright southern star Fomalhaut, located 25 light-years away in the constellation Piscis Australis.…

DIY Siberian Astronomy Observatory Cured Alcoholics, Will Get Back…

DIY builder Mikhail Levchenko's homemade backyard observatory once made a drunken Russian give up the sauce for good after revealing Saturn's rings to him one fateful night. Now, the telescope, which has been dormant for years, is getting a push to be restored and brought back online in time for a full solar eclipse… » 7/31/08 8:45am 7/31/08 8:45am