The little stars that couldn’t
Brown dwarfs — objects that form like stars but without enough mass to fuse hydrogen — are shedding light on the births of both stars and solar systems.
Brown dwarfs are so faint that astronomers didn’t find one until the 1990s. Some even qualify as our next-door neighbors.
A northerner’s view of the southern sky
Contributing Editor Stephen James O’Meara weighs in: Does the Southern Hemisphere really have all the good stuff?
Northern observers may never see this stunning objects through a telescope, so images will have to do.
The fight to save Lick Observatory
As the University of California constructs the largest telescope the world has ever known, a group of astronomers is working to fund a century-old observatory.
The Thirty Meter Telescope promises unprecedented views of the cosmos.
Explore the Virgo Cluster
Live large this month as you observe some of the biggest objects in the universe.
Get close-up views of some of these famous star cities.
Stars, rock ‘n’ roll, and the meaning of life
The 2014 Starmus Festival featured a spectacular lineup of notable scientists for a celebration of space, art, and the world’s largest telescope.
This one-of-a-kind festival features a stunning mix of astronomy and music.
Touring the Herschel Museum
If you find yourself in Bath, England, take a walk through the well-preserved home of the astronomer who found Uranus.
Explore more images from inside the home of this astronomical family.
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