NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft revealed this distant Kuiper Belt object to be a contact binary with many odd twists.
A trip south of the equator meant lots of work, but also some once-in-a-lifetime observations.
This astronomer’s ideas forced humanity to consider our planet a ball of rock circling the fiery Sun, and not the center of the universe.
Which of these marvelous stellar groups looks best through your telescope?
Observers along a narrow track that crosses South America will witness darkness at midday July 2.