How we'll explore Pluto
Now halfway to its goal, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft promises to reveal frigid Pluto during an extraordinary 9-month encounter in 2015.
By Richard Talcott
Hubble's top 5 science discoveries
From dark energy to exoplanets to black holes, the Hubble Space Telescope helps astronomers understand some of the biggest mysteries of the universe.
By Ray Villard
How sky surveys will revolutionize astronomy
Two new telescopes will repeatedly image the cosmos in minute detail, revealing myriad asteroids and supernovae. They also will help determine dark energy's properties.
By Liz Kruesi
A famous telescope turns 40
Bart Bok was a proponent of educating students about astronomy. He'd be happy to know that the telescope that bears his name is now used for both research and education.
By Don McCarthy and David H. Levy
Hot rocks ignite collector's passion
At the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, leading meteorite dealers display spectacular new finds and old, treasured favorites.
By David J. Eicher
Observe 10 hot lunar targets
The Moon's ever-changing face offers something for every amateur astronomer.
By Michael E. Bakich
The MallinCam takes great images in seconds
Whether you photograph the sky or show live images to a group, this video camera delivers the goods.
By Gary W. Kronk
All about the North America Nebula
Scan this giant nebula through binoculars or a telescope, and you'll find a lot more than just dazzling beauty.
By Raymond Shubinski
Astronomy, 2010, July