These Awesome Area Rugs Bring Stargazing to Your Living Room

Weekends are for dreaming of interior design. This weekend, I'm gazing with covetous awe at Schönstaub's nebula area rugs. The three rug designs are photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of nebulas in the small and large Magellanic Clouds. » 4/06/14 12:16pm 4/06/14 12:16pm

Meet the telescope behind the Pac-Man photos

According to the memes circling around this weekend, Mecha Pac-Man has a fondness for lunar cheese and starlight, gaping wide to gobble them both. In reality, the telescope behind the Pac-Man photograph is Auxiliary Telescope 2, an essential component of the most productive ground-based telescope on the planet. » 3/11/14 6:08pm 3/11/14 6:08pm

Let's all move to the Isle of Wight and camp out every. Single. Night.

Astrophotographer Chad Powell captured this vision of the Milky Way arcing phosphorescent over England's Isle of Wight, which island is renowned for its lack of light pollution. » 11/12/13 11:44am 11/12/13 11:44am

For All Hallows' Eve: Some of Our Very Favorite Space Porn

Part of the jaw-droppingly gorgeous Veil Nebula, "The Witch's Broom Nebula" (aka NGC 6960) comprises the glowing, gaseous remains of a supernova explosion dating to somewhere between 5,000 and 8,000 years ago. It's also one of our all-time favorite astrophotographic subjects. Click here to see it in high-res. » 10/31/13 1:38pm 10/31/13 1:38pm

For morning viewing: 3 timelapses of last week's Perseid meteor shower

Last weekend's Perseid display may go down as the most spectacular meteor shower of 2013. Did you miss it? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here to wrest you from the clutches of Monday morning indolence are three arresting timelapses of the shower, each under 90 seconds long. » 8/19/13 6:40am 8/19/13 6:40am

Deep and Wide: Stunning Amateur View of the Lagoon and Trifid Nebulae

Here’s a beautiful deep look at a wide-field view of the Lagoon Nebula (M8, NGC 6523) and the Trifid Nebula (M20, NGC 6514) along with star cluster M21 and star forming region NGC6559. Amateur astronomer and astrophotographer Terry Hancock from Michigan says this is one of his favorite fields of view to observe. » 8/09/13 4:20pm 8/09/13 4:20pm

Rescued: The Victorian Observatory Where Early Moon Pictures Were Shot

This is the observatory at the Penllergare estate near Swansea, in South Wales, where Victorian astronomer and photographer John Dillwyn Llewelyn took some of the first pictures of the Moon's surface in 1857. It's been crumbling into neglect for years, but now a £2.9m Lottery Heritage Fund project will restore it. » 7/16/13 12:07pm 7/16/13 12:07pm

Amateur uses the Hubble Space Telescope to produce the most beautiful…

In another triumph for citizen science, physician and astrophotographer Robert Gendler has created the most glorious image we've ever seen of the spiral galaxy M106. He did it by combining his own ground-based photography of the galaxy with images taken by the Hubble space telescope. Click to enlarge. » 2/06/13 9:51am 2/06/13 9:51am