The Universe Takes Shape

Armed with recent observational data, astronomers are drawing a new architectural rendering of the cosmos.

Heading Back to the Forgotten Planet

A pair of new spacecraft promise to answer long-simmering questions about enigmatic Mercury.

An Astronomer Reads Archaeology’s Message

With a scientist’s critical eye, Anthony Aveni debunks longheld and unchallenged beliefs about the astronomy of the ancients.

Refractor Road Test

ASTRONOMY takes four beginner’s scopes out for a spin.

Capturing Jewels of the Milky Way

Follow the galactic equator to explore star clouds, the opulent gems of the galaxy.


Behind the Scenes
Sky Gem
Talking Back
Sky Show
Astronomy 101
The Savvy Astronomer
Strange Universe
Star Stuff
Looking Ahead
Advertiser Index
Hot Shots
Ultimate Exposure