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Kelly Kizer Whitt

Bubble nebula: Why image an object again?

Astrophotographer Steven Bellavia captured images of the Bubble nebula in 2018 and 2023. Here, he explains why astrophotographers target the same object twice.

Visible planets and night sky for October

The moon will hang near the orange star Aldebaran and red star Betelgeuse. Visible planets and night sky, here! See them before midnight until dawn.

More galaxies like our Milky Way than previously thought?

New data shows galaxies like our Milky Way might have been 10 times more common in the early universe than previously believed.

Astronomers have noctalgia (sky grief), or sadness at the loss of dark skies

Astronomers are using a new word to express their grief over the loss of dark skies: noctalgia. Learn more about sky grief here.

Sycamore Gap tree in the U.K., remembered in images

Sycamore Gap tree in Northumberland National Park was felled overnight on September 27-28, 2023. Here are a few images of the tree flooding social media.

Do you sleep less before a full moon? Research says yes

A new study shows that - whether you live in a rural or urban environment - you might sleep less before a full moon.

Comet Nishimura, the beautiful comet almost no one saw

Comet Nishimura is too close to the sun for amateurs to view now, but professional observatories that look at the sun are picking it up!

Asteroid sample arrived safely on Earth

The spacecraft OSIRIS-REx dropped off an asteroid sample from Bennu on September 24, 2023, before continuing on a mission to Apophis as OSIRIS-APEX.

Florida’s bleached corals get emergency sunshades

Scientists constructed sunshades over bleached corals in two of Florida's national parks in an effort to protect them from further damage.

Psyche mission to explore priceless asteroid

The Psyche mission will launch on October 5, 2023, on a mission to explore the metal-rich asteroid Psyche. Learn more about the mission and asteroid here.