The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to two physicists who postulated the existence of the Higgs field, the source of many elementary particles' masses. For those still scratching their heads on what the Higgs is, here's what you need to know.
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.