This week will see a lesser known meteor shower, the Quadrantid, dazzle the night sky on Jan. 3 and 4. It's the first of nine significant meteor showers in 2011. Here’s a list of all the events and what to watch for each time.
The team that spotted what is believed to a dwarf planet have nicknamed their discovery 'Biden.' But unless the IAU changes its rules or the Vice President somehow attains mythological apotheosis, it will end up being named something else.
Even though 'Vulcan' has been rejected as the name of one of Pluto's recently discovered moons, an astronomer has left open the possibility of naming some of Pluto's geographical features after Star Trek characters.
Even though 'Vulcan' was the top choice among voters, the International Astronomical Union opted to go with the second- and third-most-popular proposed names. Pluto's fourth and fifth moons are now officially known as Kerberos and Styx.
Google's doodle celebrates 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' author Douglas Adams. Here are 42 facts about the humorist, environmentalist, technophile, and all-around hoopy frood who would have turned 61 on Monday.
The online poll for naming Pluto's moons – P4 and P5 – is now over and the winning names are 'Vulcan' and 'Cerberus.' This result, however, doesn't guarantee that P4 and P5 will actually get these names.