Two unsung space telescopes create eye-opening images of the universe from light we can't see
February 2011 | By Abigail Tucker
Probes and landers sent into the final frontier will bring us closer to answering cosmic mysteries
August 2010 | By Mark Strauss
Astronomers are determined to protect human beings from inanimate outer space invaders
August 2010 | By Robert Irion
Spielberg and Lucas on Rockwell: In honor of the American Art Museum’s current exhibit entitled “Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg,” filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau interviewed both movie moguls about the 20th century painter and illus...
July 21, 2010 | By Jess Righthand
The Chandra X-Ray Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Laboratory helps scientists observe a fantastic range of phenomena
June 2010 | By G. Wayne Clough
At the South Pole, astronomers try to unravel a force greater than gravity that will determine the fate of the cosmos
April 2010 | By Richard Panek
Dust captured by a spacecraft from a comet's tail holds clues to the origin of the solar system
December 2009 | By Robert Irion
It seems the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory has been experiencing close encounters of the furred kind. Beginning in 2008, scientists noticed that a strange being—or beings—began paying repeat visits to the building that houses the MEarth project—a collective of eight robotic telescopes desig...
September 15, 2009 | By Jesse Rhodes
A convergence of rather significant, albeit obscure, anniversaries are at hand. One being the 400th anniversary of Galileo's demonstration of the telescope, which took place on Tuesday of this week and the other is today's 100th anniversary of the completion a stone hut that Smithsonian astronomers...
August 27, 2009 | By Beth Py-Lieberman
40 years ago, the lunar module landed on the moon, providing an unforgettable moment for the millions watching back on Earth
August 2009 | By Owen Edwards
Four hundred years ago, the Italian scientist looked into space and changed our view of the universe
August 2009 | By David Zax
With these various instruments, Galileo Galilei was able to look into space and change our view of the universe.
July 20, 2009 | By Sarah Zielinski
Secretary Clough scopes out the site for the Giant Magellan Telescope and bids goodbye to Las Campanas
May 27, 2009 | By G. Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
A daytime tour of the Magellan facility and its surrounding hillside is topped off by a perfect evening of stargazing
May 26, 2009 | By G. Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
Up high among wild burros and llamas, a Smithsonian astronomer observes and studies the millions of stars in the sky
May 25, 2009 | By G. Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough explores Santiago before heading to the Las Campanas Observatory in the Chilean Andes
May 24, 2009 | By G. Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
Now that the telescope has received its final upgrades, we look back on Hubble's most memorable images from space
May 06, 2009 | By Joseph Caputo
Happy International Year of Astronomy! And how's this for a celebration: A live 24-hour video Webcast called "Around the World in 80 Telescopes," a digital travel around (and off) the globe to find out what's happening at research observatories. The Webcast began last night and will continue throug...
April 03, 2009 | By Joseph Caputo
Astrophysicist Don Olson breaks down the barriers between science and art by analyzing literature and paintings from the past
April 2009 | By Jennifer Drapkin and Sarah Zielinski
The Milky Way galaxy, Earth's ride through space, is more mini-van than mini-Cooper, report scientists at the American Astronomical Society meeting this week. New technology allowing them to make high-precision measurements showed that not only is the Milky Way moving 100,000 miles per hour faster ...
January 07, 2009 | By Joseph Caputo