Astronomy News

NASA Breaking News:

  • NASA Completes Milestone Toward Quieter Supersonic X-Plane
    on June 26, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    NASA has achieved a significant milestone in its effort to make supersonic passenger jet travel over land a real possibility by completing the preliminary design review (PDR) of its Quiet Supersonic Transport or QueSST aircraft design. […]

  • NASA Awards Contract for Institutional Support Services
    on June 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    NASA has awarded the Kennedy Space Center Institutional Support Services IV (KISS IV) contract to Apache-Logical Joint Venture of Albuquerque, New Mexico. […]

  • Media Accreditation Open for Launch of NASA’s Newest Communications Satellite
    on June 23, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Media accreditation is open for the launch of NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-M. Liftoff on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida is targeted for 9:02 a.m. EDT Aug. 3, at the opening of a 40-minute launch window. […]

  • NASA Awards Contract for Atmospheric Trace-Gas Monitoring Mission
    on June 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    NASA has awarded a contract to the University of Oklahoma in Norman for a first-of-its-kind Earth science mission that will extend our nation’s lead in measuring key carbon-based greenhouse gases and vegetation health from space to advance our understanding of Earth’s natural exchanges of carbon between the land, atmosphere and ocean. […]

  • NASA Opens Media Credentialing for Sept. 15 Cassini Saturn Finale
    on June 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Media accreditation is now open for events around the conclusion of Cassini's mission at Saturn. The spacecraft, which has explored the ringed planet and its moons since 2004, will make a fateful plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on Sept. 15, ending its long and discovery-rich mission. […]

Sky & Telescope Observing  News:

  • Eclipse 2017: T–2 Months and Counting
    by Janine Myszka on June 21, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    With two months to go until the total solar eclipse on August 21, it's time to get planning — if you haven't already! The post Eclipse 2017: T–2 Months and Counting appeared first on Sky & Telescope. […]

  • Hello, Saturn! We’re Glad You’re Back
    by Bob King on June 14, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Saturn, considered by many the most beautiful sight in the sky, comes to opposition this week with its rings in full tilt. You won't want to miss it. The post Hello, Saturn! We’re Glad You’re Back appeared first on Sky & Telescope. […]

  • Help Astronomers Track a Giant, Ringed Planet
    by John Bochanski on June 7, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    The possible discovery of a massive ringed planet in Orion needs confirmation — and amateur astronomers can help. The post Help Astronomers Track a Giant, Ringed Planet appeared first on Sky & Telescope. […]

Sky & Telescope News :

  • NEAF 2017 Astronomy Equipment Videos
    by The Editors of Sky & Telescope on June 23, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Several thousands of amateur astronomers flocked to the 2017 Northeast Astronomy Forum, held every year in Suffern, New York, to see some of the hottest new telescopes, mounts, cameras, eyepieces, and other astronomy equipment at one of the world's largest astro trade shows. Former S&T editor Dennis di Cicco interviewed several vendors about their newest products. Browse vendors below and click to watch these in-depth conversations and find full details […] The post NEAF 2017 Astronomy Equipment Videos appeared first on Sky & Telescope. […]

  • NASA Closes Out Its Asteroid Redirect Mission
    by David Dickinson on June 22, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Following the release of the 2018 budget, the space agency has ordered an “orderly closeout” for the Asteroid Redirect program. The post NASA Closes Out Its Asteroid Redirect Mission appeared first on Sky & Telescope. […]

  • A Partly Cloudy Exoplanet
    by AAS Nova on June 22, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Direct imaging of exoplanets was once only possible for the brightest of planets orbiting the dimmest of stars — but improving technology is turning this into an increasingly powerful technique. In a new study, direct-imaging observations of the Jupiter-like exoplanet 51 Eridani b provide tantalizing clues about its atmosphere. The post A Partly Cloudy Exoplanet appeared first on Sky & Telescope. […]

Space.com News:

Stardate Podcast:

  • Alexis Bouvard
    by McDonald Observatory on June 26, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Astronomers are searching the distant precincts of the solar system for a possible Planet 9. The search was triggered by the odd orbits of […]

  • Summer Triangle
    by McDonald Observatory on June 25, 2017 at 5:00 am

    The sky offers plenty of calendar markers to help note the turning of the seasons. At the start of summer, for example, the Sun is farthest […]

  • Orange Triplets
    by McDonald Observatory on June 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Stars come in all types. One of the most common types is the orange dwarf — which is also one of the hardest to see. Orange dwarfs are […]