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Astronomy in Popular Culture

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Mercury Transit Dotting the face of the Sun May 6, 2016

New Names New names for a family of planets February 19, 2016

Back in Time You just can’t go back February 17, 2016

Tau Ceti De-populating a popular star system October 13, 2015

51 Pegasi A puffy planet gets some attention October 11, 2015

Lammas Splitting the difference on the calendar July 31, 2015

Twin Monsters Giving life to a classic story April 4, 2015

Moon and Jupiter “Warping” the heart of a planet February 1, 2015

Moon and Mars Flickering images of a famous world December 23, 2014

Edwin Hubble A memento of a college basketball star November 19, 2014

New Names Spicing up the names of distant worlds October 19, 2014

Moon and Planets Profiling undiscovered moons September 27, 2014

Space Fair A world’s fair for the Space Age April 21, 2014

Canopus Navigating by a special star January 19, 2014

Star Songs Tuning in to the stars December 19, 2013

Super Origins A refugee from the planet Krypton December 13, 2013

William Herschel A musical intro for a noted astronomer November 13, 2013

War of the Worlds An attack from Mars October 29, 2013

Maximilian Wolf Snapping pictures of the night sky June 21, 2013

Moon and Antares An inspiring stellar giant June 20, 2013

Venus and Mercury Artists land on another world June 16, 2013

Older Vega A well-known star gets older June 12, 2013

Model Cosmos Taking the measure of the solar system May 2, 2013

Time and Navigation A helpful device for seeing the world April 10, 2013

Grand Sky A “grand” view of the night sky February 1, 2013

Moon Rising Inspiration from the rising Moon August 6, 2012

Altairian Planets A star that gets a lot of attention July 11, 2012

Moon and Planets III Artistry on a planetary scale February 25, 2012

The Art of Science Impressions of a space program May 29, 2011

Featured Images

Depiction of National Ignition Facility probing the interior of a giant planet

Into Darkness February 2, 2015

Cassini close-up of Saturn's clouds

Impressions of a Planet December 18, 2014

Postcard of the historic Elgin Watch Company Observatory in Illinois

Star Time October 25, 2014

Views from the 1964 World's Fair

Space Fair April 22, 2014

Superman's back story may have been inspired by an exploding star

Exploding Stars December 14, 2013

The life and times of William Herschel

Stellar Musician November 14, 2013

MESSENGER view of crater Degas on Mercury

Painting a Planet June 17, 2013

The starry ceiling of Grand Central Terminal

Grand Sky February 2, 2013

Solar eclipse of August 19, 1887, from near Berlin

Fire in the Sky August 18, 2012

Altair is one of the three planets of the Summer Triangle

Flying Eagle July 12, 2012

Artist's concept of the Kepler-35 system, with a giant planet orbiting two stars

Seeing Double April 4, 2012

Voyager mission enhanced-color image of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Planetary Impressionism February 26, 2012

A painting by Andrew Wyeth depicts preparations for a Gemini launch in the 1960s

Ready for Liftoff May 30, 2011