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Astronomy and Society

"And the Winner Is..."

Most of us are just casual skygazers. But each year several amateur astronomers are honored for their true passion and dedication at awards ceremonies across the U.S.

Celestial News & Events

Stellafane at its Best

There's star parties and star parties — and then there's Stellafane. Inaugurated in 1926, the Stellafane Convention is probably the longest-running star party in North America, if not the world.

Solar System

A KBO in the Crosshairs

When an enigmatic object in the distant Kuiper Belt occulted a star last October, an international team of observers — including several amateur astronomers — were ready and waiting.

Stargazing with Tony Flanders

RTMC 2010, Part I

For the first time in its history, the Riverside Telescope Maker's Conference was held at new Moon instead of on Memorial Day weekend. That allowed some wonderful views of galaxies under surprisingly dark skies.

People, Places, and Events

Name an Asteroid!

Astronomers have a list of about 225,000 minor planets eligible to be named — and a few lucky students will get a chance to pick one.

People, Places, and Events

An Astro-Blast at NEAF 2010

Amateurs gathered in Suffern, New York, to check out the latest gear at the 19th annual Northeast Astronomy Forum.

Solar System

An Amateur's Mercury Odyssey

In 1998 a trio of amateur astronomers slapped a video camera on Mount Wilson's 60-inch reflector and aimed it at Mercury. A decade later, NASA's Messenger spacecraft rediscovered many of the surface features they found.

People, Places, and Events

Chilean Observatories Survive Quake

All the major amateur and professional telescopes in Chile are in good working order despite Saturday's powerful earthquake.

Astronomy and Society

Stargaze Locally, Party Globally!

Get ready for a worldwide star party! Global Astronomy Month will feature a host of activities, large and small, throughout April.

Harvard College Observatory

People, Places, and Events

IAU's Discovery Clearinghouse Moves

The Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams, long the place from which astronomical discoveries have been announced to the world, has a new address.

People, Places, and Events

The Passing of Andrew Lange

One of the leading lights of cosmology died on January 21st. Andrew Lange's observations of the cosmic microwave background using the balloon-borne Boomerang experiment revealed that the universe has a flat geometry.

Celestial News & Events

See the Stars with Worldwide Eyes

Have you ever wanted to try "virtual observing"? Here's your chance! This weekend you can view fabulous deep-sky objects in both the northern and southern sky by logging on to a special two-day event spearheaded by Astronomers Without Borders

Airburst over Indonesia

People, Places, and Events

Cosmic Blast Rattles Indonesia

As if this island nation hasn't been troubled enough by recent earthquakes, impact specialists confirm that a cosmic "bomb" — likely the most powerful in 15 years — exploded noisily (but harmlessly) over one of its provinces on October 8th.

People, Places, and Events

Veteran S&T Editor Wins Reporting Award

J. Kelly Beatty has received plaudits from the planetary-science community he has covered for 35 years.

Science and Space Policy

First Family to See First Light

Thanks to eight months of urging by amateur astronomers, President Obama and his family are about to host the first-ever star party at the White House.

People, Places, and Events

Get Ready for "Galilean Nights"

Galileo saw some amazing sights when he turned his telescope to the heavens 400 years ago. Now you can relive his discoveries — and share the excitement with others!

Professional Telescopes

Two Observatories Saved from Wildfire

Although Southern California's devastating Station Fire still rages nearby, the Mount Wilson and Stony Ridge observatories have escaped destruction.

People, Places, and Events

A Second SoCal Observatory in Peril

Stony Ridge Observatory, an amateur-built icon for 46 years, is endangered by the same California wildfire that has been threatening Mount Wilson.

People, Places, and Events

The Stellafane Experience

The granddaddy of all stargazer gatherings attracts 1,000 attendees each summer to the wooded hills and dark skies near Springfield, Vermont.

Celestial News & Events

Totality on a Tropical Sea

More than 1,000 eclipse-seekers watched totality from a specially chartered ship that had steamed into the western Pacific for the "Eclipse of the Century."

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