Amateur astronomer Victor Buso was testing his camera-telescope setup in Argentina back in September 2016, pointing his Newtonian telescope at a spiral galaxy called NGC613. He collected light from the galaxy for the next hour and a half, taking short exposures to keep out the Santa Fe city lights. When he looked at…
Two months before Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon, Apollo 10 completed the final test mission, doing everything except land on the Moon. Now amateur astronomers are looking for Apollo 10's long-lost lunar module... which is, rather adorably, named "Snoopy."
Kathryn Aurora Gray, aged 10, discovered a magnitude 17 supernova on New Year's Eve, in the constellation of Camelopardalis. Gray had learned a 14-year-old was the youngest to find a supernova and felt sure she could beat that.
It's been an amazing couple of weeks for amateur astronomers. Last Sunday, one of their ilk spied the super-secret X37-B space shuttle making the rounds, and this Sunday another has imaged the ISS crossing paths with Jupiter—during the daytime!
The Boeing X-37, the Air Force's robotic space plane and forerunner of the next space shuttle, launched back in April for its first orbital test. Now it's been spotted - and there's even an iPhone app to track it anywhere.