The 25 greatest astrophotos in history

From the first daguerreotype of the Moon in 1840 to CCD cameras today, imaging the sky has become a science unto itself. ASTRONOMY presents 25 milestone astrophotos that pushed the bounds of technology and shaped our view of the cosmos.

On the trail of Vulcanoids

A bevy of small asteroids may lurk inside the orbit of Mercury, although searches have yet to turn up a thing. Even so, astronomers continue to hunt for these objects, which could provide valuable clues about the early history of the solar system.

Star light, star bright

In A.D. 1006, sky-watchers in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia were startled by a bright new star. Only now, nearly a millennium later, have astronomers figured out what caused the brightest supernova known.

Orion the Hunter

The Hunter’s warrior robes are adorned with nebulae, star clusters, and some of the brightest stellar jewels of the winter sky.

Japan’s telescope show

Proving that astronomy is alive and well in the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan’s leading manufacturers display their latest and greatest telescopes and binoculars.

CCD images at their best

Photo-realistic CCD images are now within your grasp. Let master imager Tony Hallas be your guide to creating the best digital pictures possible, and you’ll never have to say “it’s only a CCD image” again.

JMI’s RB—66 binoscope

Looking for the ultimate binoculars? ASTRONOMY test-drives a connected pair of 6-inch reflecting telescopes that allows you to see wide and deep.


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