The new year opens with the magnificent pairing of the solar system's largest planet with one of its smallest.
The next year will see space missions headed for Mars, Mercury, the Sun, and more. Asteroid rendezvous, exoplanet discoveries, and a Mars landing await.
NASA has selected two finalists for consideration as the next New Frontiers mission: a comet sample return and a flying drone for Titan.
The Local Group galaxies and their kin are the building blocks of the most magnificent galaxies in the universe. Let them inspire your winter nights.
A slender Moon is an beautiful and inspiring sight. December and January offer several opportunities to see these exceptional crescents.
Mark the date: December 13th. That's the night the Geminid meteor shower peaks. Highlighted by the return of its parent asteroid 3200 Phaethon, this year's show promises to be one of the best ever.
Good weather for imaging is about more than just the clouds! Even if it's cloud-free, you'll need to understand if the seeing and transparency are good.
NASA engineers directed the historic spacecraft Voyager 1 to fire its backup thrusters for the first time in 37 years.
The parent asteroid of next month's Geminid meteor shower, 3200 Phaethon, is about to make a historically close flyby. Get ready to watch it race across the sky.
With exoplanet Ross 128b in the news, we pay a visit to the star that sustains this potentially habitable exoplanet.
NASA is developing a key instrument for a mission to the Martian moons, Phobos and Deimos.
A suborbital launch from Wallops Flight Facility tested a critical piece of landing hardware for the Mars 2020 rover.
Pisces, that sprawling constellation of faint stars easy to ignore, holds a treasure trove of double stars for small telescopes.
Astrophotographer Richard S. Wright, Jr. embarks on his imaging blog. Join him each month to learn how to get the most out of your imaging equipment.
Early next year, an international team will track the uncontrolled atmospheric reentry of Tiangong 1, China's first prototype space station.
Venus bids farewell at dawn, but not before a close encounter with returning Jupiter.
Just discovered, Comet Heinze (C/2017 T) will zoom by Earth in January and may just show up in your binoculars.
Engineers are looking for a way to continue using Curiosity's drill after a 10-month hiatus, but restoring the drill will probably take several more months.
An upcoming study will take the old calibration standard of the Moon's brightness to a new level of precision.
Feeling tired, run down? These fuzzy stars are guaranteed to pique your interest and make you feel young again.
See what cosmic dust can do! Head outside this weekend for the peak of the Orionid meteor shower and an eyeful of zodiacal light.
What's your pleasure when it comes to observing? Comets? Supernovae? Occultations? Get a sample of each and more in the upcoming week.
The close pass of near-Earth asteroid 2012 TC4 this week will give NASA a chance to test planetary-defense coordination.
Be sure to set the alarm so you don't miss the squeaky-tight conjunction of Venus and Mars Thursday morning. They'll stay close through the weekend.
Arecibo and its team rode out the largest storm in its history, but it's unclear what the moderate damage will mean for the radio observatory's future.