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Our asteroid hunters are trying to save the world. Here’s what they’ve been up to

Jason Davis • April 17, 2017

Here are some recent reports from our NEO Shoemaker Grant program asteroid observers, who are quite literally trying to save the world.

Great whirling Jupiter

Emily Lakdawalla • November 10, 2016

Damian Peach's marvelous Jupiter photography, endlessly rotating in GIF form.

WISE Views in Infrared

Judy Schmidt • June 24, 2016

Amateur image processor Judy Schmidt explains the process of creating gorgeous views of the cosmos from infrared data from the WISE telescope.

Three bright planets: Portraits from the Pyrenees

Emily Lakdawalla • May 26, 2016

It's a great time to go outdoors and look at planets. I have three glorious planetary portraits to share today, sent to me by amateur astronomer Jean-Luc Dauvergne.

Checking in on Uranus and Neptune, September 2015 edition

Emily Lakdawalla • September 22, 2015

There are no spacecraft at Uranus or Neptune, and there haven't been for 30 and 25 years, respectively. So we depend on Earth-based astronomers to monitor them, including Damian Peach.

Jupiter's changing face, 2009-2015

Emily Lakdawalla • July 24, 2015

Damian Peach's photo-documentation of Jupiter helps us monitor the giant planet's ever-changing patterns of belts, zones, storms, and barges, during a time when no orbiting missions are there to take pictures.

Herschel observations of Comet Siding Spring initiated by an amateur astronomer

Peter Mattisson • October 22, 2014

The European satellite Herschel acquired images of Comet Siding Spring before its death in 2013 — thanks to an observing proposal from an amateur astronomer!

I've been asteroided! (274860) Emilylakdawalla

Emily Lakdawalla • July 16, 2014

What a great piece of news to receive upon returning home from vacation! There is now a small piece of the solar system named for me: asteroid 274860 has been formally named "Emilylakdawalla" by the International Astronomical Union. Here is everything I've been able to learn about my namesake asteroid.

One Night Only, a New Meteor Shower that May Be Spectacular?

Bruce Betts • May 22, 2014

A new meteor shower, the Camelopardalids, will be peaking Friday night/Saturday morning (May 23/24). Especially if you are in North America, you are well positioned to see what may (or may not) be a spectacular show. In either case, scientists will learn about a comet’s history, and you can have a fun night looking at the sky.

Pretty Picture: Three Wanderers

Emily Lakdawalla • March 12, 2014

With all the excitement happening on missions criscrossing the solar system, I often forget to enjoy the views of our solar system that we can achieve from home. Amateur astronomers don't make the same mistake. Here's a lovely photo that Stuart Atkinson sent me, captured last night from Kendal, England, showing four special wanderers.

Pretty picture: Two crescents: New moon, old Venus

Emily Lakdawalla • January 02, 2014

A baby Moon and aging Venus crescents are positioned close in the sky today, and lots of people are taking beautiful photos.

A case of the measles for Jupiter?

Emily Lakdawalla • November 26, 2013

Amateur astronomer Christopher Go has found Jupiter to be putting on a fun show for observers: it's sprouting little red spots "like it has a measles attack!"

Comet ISON Enters the Final Countdown

Karl Battams • November 19, 2013

We're now less than two weeks away from comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) reaching perihelion and, if we’re honest, we are still none the wiser as to how the situation might play out!

Neptune: The new amateur boundary?

Christophe Pellier • November 07, 2013

Can features on Neptune be observed by amateur astronomers? For years, the Hubble Space Telescope and some professional terrestrial observatories have been revealing incomplete belts and spots on the surface of Neptune. Now, spots have been imaged by amateurs.

Asteroid Telescope First Light

Bruce Betts • August 16, 2013

Using a Shoemaker NEO Grant a new telescope is operating in Illinois to do asteroid tracking.

Comet ISON lives on! (we think...)

Karl Battams • August 13, 2013

For several weeks now, ground-based observers have been blind to Comet ISON as our local star was sitting directly between us and the comet. I am delighted to share two pieces of good news: first, that ISON is still alive and well, and secondly that it has been recovered.

Astrophotographer captures 'Heavenly Palace' transiting the Sun

Jason Davis • June 24, 2013

Astrophotographer Thierry Legault captured a striking image set of Chinese spacecraft Tiangong 1 and Shenzhou 10 transiting the Sun.

A Little Moonlight

Bill Dunford • June 19, 2013

From far away, or from so near you could almost touch it, the moon is beautiful.

Checking in on Jupiter

Emily Lakdawalla • March 12, 2013

We don't have any spacecraft at Jupiter right now, which is a pity. Until we do, we have to rely upon Earth-based astronomers to monitor the changing face of the largest planet.

Saturn's Hexagon Viewed from the Ground

Leigh Fletcher • February 01, 2013

For the first time, amateur astronomers are capturing spectacular images of Saturn's bizarre north polar hexagon.

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