Top 10 space stories of 2012

Astronomers found tiny galaxies ferociously forming stars, the most advanced planetary rover safely touched down on Mars, and physicists discovered a particle they’ve been seeking for 40 years.

Web Extra: The past year’s other huge space stories

The end of 2011 through fall of 2012 had a lot of important discoveries. Here are the ones that didn’t quite make the top ten.

Voyager’s “new” solar system

Two planetary spacecraft embarked on a grand tour that revealed rings around Jupiter, volcanoes on Io, a planet-sized storm on Neptune, and much more.

Web Extra: More great Voyager images

The “Grand Tour” of the solar system produced many fabulous images.

How gravity’s grand illusion reveals the universe

This cosmic force that warps space provides a lens to study distant galaxies, exoplanets, dark matter, and more.

Web Extra: DIY gravitational lensing

Mimic the effects of massive galaxies and stars from the comfort of your own home.

What’s lurking in Lynx?

Whether you use a big or small scope, this oft-neglected constellation will dazzle you with its celestial targets.

Astronomy’s Guide to the Night Sky

This handy four-page insert tells you what planets, star patterns, and deep-sky objects to look for each season.

Will Comet ISON be a superstar?

Few comets in history have received the adjective great. Comet ISON may become one of them.

Astronomy tests the Canon 60Da

Higher resolution, heightened red sensitivity, and other features make this DSLR the new standard for astroimaging.


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