Veteran comet hunter William A. Bradfield with one of his comet seekers: a homemade 150-millimeter (6-inch) f/5.5 rich-field refractor on an altazimuth mount. To date, Bradfield has discovered 18 comets.Courtesy Kym Thalassoudis Two Australians will share the sixth annual Edgar Wilson Award for amateur comet discovery. According to IAU Circular…
People, Places, and Events
Astronomy’s stars aren’t all blazing balls of gas in space—some of them are people. It’s people who make astronomy more than cold science. Many individuals, including Stephen Hawking, John Dobson, and Jean Texereau, have left their mark on the astronomy community, and many more currently contribute.
Here you’ll find the latest on the people who shape astronomy and where, when, and how to meet up with your fellow astronomers. We’ll keep you up to speed on major star parties and expo events, such as the Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF), which several of our editors attend every year. You’ll also find here our recognition of amateur achievements, as well as our tributes to the late and great of astronomy, the people who have inspired us and transformed the astronomy world in indelible ways.