If all goes according to plan, the Cassini spacecraft will run rings around the Voyager flybys of Saturn. And that’s not even counting the Huygens probe, which will parachute to the surface of the enigmatic moon Titan.
Since their discovery in the ’70s, gamma-ray bursts have stumped astronomers. Now, research suggests these energetic blasts originate in the violent deaths of massive stars.
Despite skepticism and ridicule from scientists and the public alike, a small handful of dreamers kept faith in their vision of space flight and planned for the day when humanity would break loose from Earth.
Last year, ASTRONOMY’s tours to Alaska and Hawaii featured spectacular views of everything from the northern lights to the Southern Cross. This year’s excursions promise to be just as eventful.
You’ll be scrambling to set up your scope after you read this fascinating story of crater formation and destruction in this rugged area of the Moon.
Orion’s new telescope for kids offers a wide field of view, good images, portability, and low cost – and the best thing is you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy it.
Take advantage of this year’s favorable appearance of Saturn. A longtime watcher of the Ringed Planet shares his helpful tips and techniques to enhance your observing.
This month in Astronomy
Bob Berman’s strange universe
Glenn Chaple’s observing basics
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