• Star power in Boötes
    22 May 2024
    The late-spring constellation of Boötes is home to brilliant Arcturus and a collection of some of the most beautiful double stars of the season.
  • Resolving Messier 3’s swarming stars
    07 May 2024
    Messier 3 in Canes Venatici is right up near the top of the premier league of globular clusters. It has huge appeal for visual observers and imagers alike, making it a great alternative in the late spring sky to the ubiquitous Messier 13.
  • JWST captures zooms in on the ‘mane’ of the iconic Horsehead Nebula
    30 April 2024
    The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has captured the sharpest infrared images to date of a zoomed-in portion of one of the most distinctive objects in our skies, the Horsehead Nebula.
  • NASA’s Voyager 1 probe calls home after five months
    25 April 2024
    For the first time in five months, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft is returning usable data about the health and status of its onboard engineering systems. The next step is to enable the spacecraft to begin returning science data again. The probe and its twin, Voyager 2, are the only spacecraft to depart the Solar System and fly in interstellar space.
  • NGC 4361: A planetary nebula to crow about
    22 April 2024
    NGC 4361 in Corvus is a bit of an horizon-hugger at mid-northern latitudes, but it’ll reward determined observers. 
  • Line up Markarian’s Chain
    08 April 2024
    Markarian’s Chain is a string of bright Virgo Cluster galaxies straddling the Virgo/Coma border.