Joe Bauman, a former Deseret News science reporter, writes an astronomy blog at and is an avid amateur astronomer. His email is

For the first time that I could remember, I just gave up: I quit trying, on a dark, still, moonless night that was perfect for astronomy
M16 is the Eagle Nebula, one of the grandest star-forming regions of the nearby Milky Way. It contains an open star cluster designated NGC 6611
Several Utahns share their experiences searching for and spotting comet Neowise while it was visible
It was night of multiple problems getting the telescope, laptop and other equipment set up and synced, but it yielded images of the ancient stars in M13
Stories about Orion the hunter are varied and contradictory in ancient Greek and Roman mythology
Seth Jarvis, the recently retired director of Clark Planetarium, used examples concerning the color red of how close connections we all have with distant titanic events in the universe
Is our star really destined for a beautiful, complex planetary nebula?
Think of an object 16 miles across. It is 1,100 light-years away. Now imagine that you are tasked with mapping the object’s surface. Impossible? Not to two teams of scientists who set out to map a neutron star.
The star city is NGC925, which is in a good location this season for astronomy, as seen from our hemisphere
One astronomer’s quest to photograph Mercury as it eclipsed the sun
Amy C. Oliver, a Utah native who works for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, recently shared research, including just-released findings on new types of supernovas
Saturn’s small moon Enceladus is probably one of the most likely places in the solar system, outside Earth, to harbor life and it has puzzled scientists for decades
Our glamorous next-door galaxy, Andromeda, gets all the attention. That leaves a lot for the other members of her family to live up to; unfortunately for viewers at home, they don’t. But the largest of them has intriguing aspects.
See the night sky at late September events in Kamas, Capitol Reef National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument and Nevada’s Great Basin National Park
TESS, which is NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, finished examining close stars in the southern skies in July, making impressive discoveries. It now turns its cameras to stars north of the equator.
Most galaxies are members of galaxy clusters; beyond clusters are superclusters; and the largest structures known are made of galaxies, clusters and superclusters
Dr. Jani Radebaugh of Brigham Young University has been named to assist in an ambitious quest for the type of chemistry that might lead to life (“pre-biotic chemistry”) — and possibly signs of life itself — on Saturn’s moon Titan.
You never know when some decision from the distant past is going to sting you
Unknown to science until the past 50 years, we live in a particular type of galaxy called the barred spiral. These are some of the most unusual and beautiful galaxies.
Now that a black hole has been photographed, what are their characteristics?
Arizona State University scientist to head first exploration of a new type of solar system object.
A strange, funny thing happened on the way to a galaxy.
The first-ever photo of a black hole in space, released April 10, is a scientific triumph. Eight huge radio telescopes were united by computer to make an image of the hole’s event horizon as detailed as if taken by an instrument as wide as the Earth.