Seeing with X-ray Eyes

The Chandra Observatory’s ability to resolve a haze of x rays into a sharp image is bringing new insight into hot stars, high-speed jets, and violent galaxies.

Going Deep for Galaxies

The National Optical Astronomy Observatories’ new survey captures more than 300,000 galaxies and stars down to 26th magnitude in just one square degree.

Celebrating Ireland’s Cosmic Ties

The “Leviathan of Parsontown,” the Third Earl of Rosse’s mammoth 72-inch telescope, served as a fitting focal point for the annual Whirlpool Star party.

The Man Who Tracked Nebulae

On a warm summer’s night in 1884, a young observer named E. E. Barnard discovered an unusual nebula that became the first galaxy recognized beyond our own.

Hello Darkness My Old Friend

Combine an exotic location, great weather, and four minutes of totality, and you have a recipe for the grandest solar eclipse in a decade.

Holding Steady

Weighing in at 100 pounds or more, these three German equatorial mounts provide a rock-steady base for your critical observing and astrophotography needs.


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