The Greatest Comets of the Past Century

In the November 2013 issue of S&T, Joe Rao redirects Comet ISON speculation to answer a different question: just how often do showstopper comets grace our skies? His answer might surprise you. Rao looks back over all the comets of the past century, calling out examples of showstoppers, showpieces, and…

Astronomy & Observing News

Fred Hess: Evangelist for Astronomy

How do amateur astronomers get made? Countless numbers of them were started on their way by this booming-voiced figure from New York's Hayden Planetarium.

Celestial News & Events

Earth To Hit Aurigid Meteors

Western skywatchers are hoping to see a display of bright meteors on the morning of September 1st, as the Aurigid meteor shower is predicted to make a strong but brief showing.

Ken Franklin, 1972

Astronomy & Observing News

Kenneth L. Franklin, 1923–2007

Renowned astronomer and astronomy popularizer Kenneth L. Franklin died on June 18, 2007, two weeks after undergoing heart surgery. He was 84 years old.

Celestial News & Events

2004: An Excellent Year for the Perseids

The Perseid meteor shower, due to peak on the morning of August 12th, should put on a nice show — and may display a surprising new component.

Celestial News & Events

Will the June Boötids Return in 2004?

A strong meteor shower may — or may not — return to our skies on the evening of June 23rd.

Celestial News & Events

Leonids 2002: The Grand Finale

Despite the presence of a full Moon, the possibility of seeing one last Leonid storm should bring observers out in force.