Skyjacked! NASA’s audacious plan to tow an asteroid to Earth

Mankind’s next great leap into the cosmos may involve small steps on an asteroid captured and brought into lunar orbit.

Web Extra: Will humans journey to an asteroid?

Grab it, bag it, tow it, and study it — NASA’s next venture in human spaceflight will send a crew to an asteroid that the space agency previously captured and hauled to lunar orbit.

The weird world of Phoebe

Scientists are finding that Saturn’s strange moon isn’t like the other satellites in the solar system.

Web Extra: Learn about another Saturn moon

Astronomers have dropped a probe into Titan’s atmosphere and imaged its surface to uncover an unexpected world.

Exploring the biggest asteroids

The Dawn spacecraft, once orbiting Vesta, is now headed toward Ceres. These two huge asteroids may represent the missing links between space pebbles and habitable planets.

Web Extra: Dawn scientists chat about the mission

Watch astronomers discuss Ceres, Vesta, and what they have learned about our solar system from visiting these two asteroids.

Comet ISON’s final hurrah

Although this visitor from the distant Oort Cloud did not survive its late-November brush with the Sun, it provided observers with a memorable show in the weeks before.

How I made my dream observatory

The way this observer housed his telescope may give you some tips you can apply to your own project.

Run a globular cluster marathon

How many globulars can you see in a single night? Our intrepid writer put himself to the test.

Web Extra: The 109 objects in a March globular cluster marathon

Use Tom Polakis’ list of 109 globular clusters to see how many you can observe in one night.

Sketch the Messier objects in one night

If you’re looking for a new observing challenge, try capturing all 109 objects in Messier’s catalog on paper.

Explore the Virgo cluster through binoculars

Set a goal this spring: 14 galaxies in 2014.

Web Extra: Explore 11 spring binocular gems

Grab your binoculars and peruse a globular cluster, double stars, and lots of galaxies.

Image the solar system with Celestron’s Skyris

Good sensitivity, high-quality construction, and a lightweight package make these CCD cameras must-have planetary imagers.


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