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Star Trek and science
THE FLAME NEBULA BLAZES BRIGHT • A fiery tangle of glowing gas shows off its moves.
A 1,000-LIGHT-YEAR-WIDE COSMIC BUBBLE SURROUNDS EARTH • This superbubble is responsible for nearly all nearby star formation.
BOWL OF RUST AND ICE
More rogue planets found wandering the galaxy
A stellar drive-by
PLANETS MAY FORM AROUND DYING STARS
THE MOON’S STICKY SOIL
A NURTURING MONSTER
FOR MASS EXTINCTION, SIZE DOESN’T MATTER
Zodiacal light on other worlds
The most dangerous spectacle • Let’s talk about safe solar viewing.
The shadowy Schröter effect • Venus’ half phases never quite appear on time.
THE ORIGINS OF TIME • What is time? Why is it so different from space? And where did it come from? Scientists are still stumped by these questions — but working harder than ever to answer them.
ECLIPSE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD • Astronomy’s intrepid travelers journeyed to Antarctica to witness one of nature’s grandest spectacles.
A lengthy lunar eclipse • THE SOLAR SYSTEM’S CHANGING LANDSCAPE AS IT APPEARS IN EARTH’S SKY.
RISING MOON • Multiplying in the Sea of Fertility
METEOR WATCH • I In favor
PATHS OF THE PLANETS
COMET SEARCH • Second comet of the decade?
LOCATING ASTEROIDS • Look south of Lambda
AN OBSERVER’S GUIDE TO STAR TREK • The Enterprise has visited many star systems on its voyages. Here’s how to see some of them for yourself
HOW TO identify objects in your ASTROPHOTOS • These free websites are all you need to unlock the mysteries hidden within any deep-sky image.
SECRETS OF THE METEORITES • These cosmic rocks are like fossils from the early solar system.
COSMIC VISITORS • METEORITE FALLS HAVE BEEN RECORDED THROUGHOUT HUMAN HISTORY, YIELDING WONDER, CONFUSION — AND KNOWLEDGE. HERE ARE JUST A FEW RECOVERED SPACE ROCKS THAT HAVE PROVEN HISTORICALLY OR SCIENTIFICALLY SIGNIFICANT.
Dipping deep • Challenge yourself with these Big Dipper treasures.
Snapping your own lunar pics • Even dinosaurs can learn new tricks.
Massless momentum • Astronomy’s experts from around the globe answer your cosmic questions.
Gas giants take center stage