Top 10 astronomy stories of 2006

Cosmologists peered into the Big Bang, astronomers tallied 200 alien worlds, and planetary scientists captured a comet.

Online extra: Will Stardust fly by another comet?

Scientists aren”t done with NASA”s Stardust probe quite yet.

Hubble discovers 16 exotic planets

Egg-shaped planets with dazzling aurorae must be the norm for these new worlds that orbit within shouting distance of their parent stars.

Is the Orion Nebula as big as the Moon?

The Moon’s apparent size provides a yardstick for comparing the sky’s best-known targets.

Portraits from Mars

Images from Spirit and Opportunity turn raw science into artistic landscapes.

Online extra: More interplanetary postcards

When scientists have the time, they can create beautiful pictures.

All about the Crab Nebula

A supernova blast seen in 1054 continues to shed light on stellar evolution.

Online extra: Inside the Crab Nebula

Scientists watch this fascinating object change over time.

Sun studio

Learn how to capture dazzling solar photos.

Make Hubble shots your own dazzling photos

You can turn astronomical data into gorgeous images with the authors’ Photoshop plug-in.

Online extra: Managing your metadata

Embed astronomy-specific information into your astroimages using the FITS Liberator plug-in for Photoshop.

Celestron’s Onyx 80EDF

Don’t let this scope’s compact size fool you – it’s a high-quality workhorse.


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