Sure, the restaurants are great, and you’ve probably got a decent sports team to root for. But the bright lights of a big city mean that at night you can rarely see more than a few stars in the sky, and these stunning timelapses of the galaxy overhead will make you realize the spectacular show you’re missing every…
Our red planetary neighbor will soon be even closer and brighter as Mars is set to be in opposition, which will put it at its closest distance from the Earth since 2005.
Are you awake before dawn? Good. Go outside. Look east. Bask in the astronomical wonder of seeing all the brightest planets out at the same time, pinpricks of worlds drifting up from the horizon. Missed it? Try again any morning for the next month.
The Orion Nebula has taught astronomers a great deal about how stars are born and how planetary systems form.
Great news about that new nova in Sagittarius. It's still climbing in brightness and now ranks as the brightest nova seen from mid-northern latitudes in nearly two years.
The Leonids meteor shower will peak soon in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. For best viewing, dress warmly, head out after midnight, and lay back watching the sky directly overhead. Failing that, you can always watch these space agency livestreams from the comfort of your home.
This is a week dedicated to the early riser. If you're an energetic morning person who can actually operate in the early hours or just have a strong desire for astronomy that overrides your need for sleep, then you'll be able to witness quite the light show.
With ever-brighter skies reducing our ability to stargaze, and ever more bright objects soaring over-head, it's increasingly complicated to identify just what is that awesome thing you're looking at. The League of Lost Causes understands your pain. To solve it, they've produced this handy identification flowchart.
It's tempting, when one visits Grand Canyon National Park, to focus attention on the mammoth hole in the ground (both for safety and for gawking purposes). This timelapse, though, makes a pretty good argument in favor of looking up.
The summer is approaching, and it's a perfect time for a road trip. So we've compiled a list of "must see" science events and museum exhibits, aroudn the globe. Plus some specialty museums that are awesome in their own right. Get ready for a packed summer!
Space observatories are among some of the most magnificent buildings devoted entirely to science — because their windows look out on the universe. And their distinctive shape makes them into poignant ruins. Here are some observatories whose views onto space have been lost to time.
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.
Sark is a tiny, car-free island in the English Channel that didn't fully get rid of feudalism until 2008. Its nights are so reliably dark that it's just been named the world's first "dark sky island", making the island one giant observatory for looking up at the night sky without any light pollution to get in the way.
Astronomers are rejoicing that they've found the best place on earth for astronomical observation. The only problem? It also happens to be the "very worst place on the surface of the planet for humans." Whoops. Send in the Robots.
Last week, we told you about an unusual stargazing experience created by Venus and Jupiter coming into close proximity to the Moon. Here's what it looked like over Mumbai, India. Image via AP.
For stargazers everywhere, the challenge of interpreting the constellations can be a tricky one. What exactly could the belt of Orion or the Gemini twins be trying to tell us? Lucky for those in the Southern Hemisphere, then — this Monday they're getting a huge break. Venus, Jupiter, and our old friend the Moon are…
Mount a telescope on the SmartStar Cube, and you'll have yourself the lowest-cost way to automatically gaze into the infinite and beyond. This $199 SmartStar Go To AltAzimuth Telescope Mount, otherwise known as the Cube, gives you computerized pointing and tracking, where you select a star, planet or galaxy in a huge…
The next time we go out with our wives to stargaze, we'll definitely take along the Night Navigator Star finder. The handheld device will tell you where your favorite constellation or your zodiac sign in almost instantly. Other features:
We've gotten in enough trouble over the past few months with sex chair posts, so this isn
t one. I promise! This is actually a stargazer chair that can turn a full 360 degrees automatically, tilt backwards and can hold your choice of binoculars. Last time I checked, doesn't stargazing require a telescope? Multiple…