Top 10 astronomy stories of 2005

Spacecraft explored two planets and touched an asteroid,
while astronomers puzzled over an errant space rock, larger galaxies, and a titanic explosion in space.

A fugitive from the galaxy’s edge

A century ago, a runaway star helped astronomers uncover the Milky Way’s structure.

The woman who cracked the stellar code

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin laid the foundation of stellar astrophysics, fusing astronomy and the world of atoms.

A field guide to other worlds

From hot Jupiters to pulsar planets, the Milky Way brims with strange planets.

View the sky’s greatest nebula

On a brisk winter night, the Orion Nebula’s secrets beckon astronomers and observers alike.

Saturn spectacular

The ringed planet is now at its best until 2029, so make the most out of your time at the eyepiece.

American skygazer

Jack Horkheimer talks about bringing the universe into millions of living rooms.

Eyes wide open

Say goodbye to eye fatigue by adding the Denkmeier Binoviewer to your observing kit.


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