Exoplanetary Discoveries

NASA is working on a new space-based telescope that is 2,000 times more sensitive than the Hubble. They're calling it the Advanced Technology Large Aperture Space Telescope and they say it will be capable of detecting life on Earth-like planets orbiting other stars.

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Recent questions answered by our astronomers:

Colliding Galaxies and Black Holes
If galaxies have black holes and two such galaxies were colliding, would the two colliding galaxies form one giant black hole?

Novas and Supernovas
Why do some stars supernova and other stars have a smaller explosion called a nova?

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See the Space Station!

The International Space Station circumnavigates the Earth once every 90 minutes. Check out this schedule for dates and times when it passes overhead in your neighborhood. With the brightness of Jupiter, it can be seen even in big cities where light pollution is high.

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Our popular Name a Galaxy packages start at only $19.
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telescope reviewsAstronomical Tales

What do the Bubonic Plague, a nervous breakdown, and failing as a farmer have to do with the greatest scientific publication of all time?

What does the head of the Nazi Atom Bomb Project and the father of quantum physics have in common?

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Hubble Image Gallery

Access the full visual database of images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Over 1800 images and growing.


Space Station Live Video Feed

Live video feed direct from the International Space Station. See their view of Earth ... live, in real time.

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Telescope Advice and Consulting

Shopping for a telescope? Talk to us first. Personal and precise telescope advice from real astronomers.

telescope reviewsOrion Telescope Reviews

A review of the Orion telescope and intelliscope product lines by astronomers at WPO.

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Personal experiences of the Celestron line of telescopes and binoculars, told by the astronomer who worked alongside Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto.

telescope reviewsRings of Uranus Seen Edge On

Astronomers are getting a fantastic unprecedented, glare-free view of the rings of Uranus as it swings edge-on to Earth — a short-lived view we get only once every 42 years.

Rings of Uranus

Image courtesy NASA JPL

telescope reviewsTop 10 Reasons You Miss the Perseids Meteor Showers

Astronomer Bill offers a humorous and informative account of the art of meteor shower watching.