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Image of Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Getting Started in Planetary Imaging

It's planet season! Here are some tips to help you start imaging the giant planets while they're in easy view.

Pallas and Neptune time exposre

Explore the Night with Bob King

Asteroid Pallas Makes a Point in Pisces

Spice up your fall observing with a dash of Pallas and nibble of Neptune. Both planet and asteroid are easy to spot in a small telescope.

Possible Jovian impact flash

Celestial News & Events

Amateurs Spot New Impact Flash at Jupiter

An amateur astronomer has discovered a possible new impact flash in Jupiter's equatorial region. Observers may yet see the dark impact scar.

Multiple holes in the Rochette rock on Mars

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Perseverance Successfully Grabs First Mars Samples (Updates)

After a rocky first start, Perseverance hit pay dirt on the second try. The rover collected two samples recording ancient volcanic eruptions and groundwater interaction.

Goldstone dish

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

NASA's Deep Space Network Upgraded

NASA is upgrading its Deep Space Network to keep up with the demands of modern interplanetary communications.

Comet 4P/Faye and tail

Solar System

Making Time for Morning Comets

If you like mixing comets with the quietude of observing in the small hours, September opens with five fuzzy vagabonds just waiting for a visit.

ESCAPADE

Spacecraft and Space Missions

ESCAPADE Blue and Gold Orbiters Head to Mars in 2024

A pair of spacecraft will head to Mars in 2024 as the ESCAPADE mission, to study the Martian space weather environment.

2021 PH27

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Astronomers Discover Asteroid that Flies Close to the Sun

Newly discovered asteroid 2021 PH27 orbits the Sun in just 113 days.

Jupiter and GRS

Celestial News & Events

Jupiter Dazzles at Its Brightest and Closest This Year

Jupiter comes to opposition on August 20th, when it will shine brighter and closer than at any other time this year. With nights starting earlier and cooler temperatures arriving, there's no better time to make the most of the planet.

Camera and Milky Way

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Astrophotography: How Long Can You Go?

While many astrophotographers follow the "rule of 500" (or 300), some experimentation can help find the right exposure time for your setup.

Celestial News & Events

Fine Show Expected from the Perseid Meteor Shower

With no interference from the Moon, this year's Perseid meteor shower should be excellent. If you couldn't catch the show last night, try looking up tonight!

First Sample

Solar System

Mars Perseverance Rover Hits a Snag on First Sampling Attempt (Update)

Perseverance came up empty on its first attempt to grab and stow a sample of Mars.

RS Oph animation

Celestial News & Events

Recurrent Nova RS Ophiuchi Just Blew its Top!

The recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi just went into outburst — its first burst in 15 years — and it's bright enough to see with the naked eye

Spektr-R

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Russian Rocket Booster to Reenter Early Next Week

The spent rocket booster that deployed the Russian Spektr-R satellite a decade ago is now set to burn up over the Indian Ocean on Monday, August 9th.

Comet Interceptor

Solar System

How the Comet Interceptor Will Chase Visitors to the Inner Solar System

How will engineers plan the trajectory of Comet Interceptor, a mission designed to fly by an interstellar visitor, when its target is still unknown?

Doubles map east

Explore the Night with Bob King

Dazzling Double Stars for Compromised Skies

For many, smoke from wildfires has transformed summer nights, blotting out stars and familiar deep-sky sights. But through it all double stars keep on shining.

Cratered Floor, Fratcured Rough

Solar System

NASA's Perseverance to Collect First Sample from Mars

Perseverance will soon collect the first of many samples from the Martian surface in a quest to answer whether the planet once hosted life.

Cen A jets

The Black Hole Files with Camille Carlisle

Event Horizon Telescope Reveals Curious Jet Structure from Black Hole

Observations of the nearest radio galaxy, Centaurus A, provide the highest-resolution look at the long jets shooting from the galaxy’s supermassive black hole.

Peculiar galaxies

Professional Telescopes

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Is Back in Action

After a tense month, the Hubble Space Telescope resumed operations this past weekend.

Hot vs. Cold

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Beating the Heat in Astrophotography

Keeping your camera cool is an essential element to obtaining good clean images in astrophotography.

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