Eclipses, oppositions, spectacular conjunctions and a close encounter between Venus and the Pleiades await stargazers this year.
The craft is a forerunner of the kind of robot that might one day explore underneath the ice crust of Jupiter’s moon Europa.
A collision between two neutron stars probably resulted in the formation a black hole, according to gravitational wave data.
Residents of Darwin and other places in the northern half of Australia will be treated to a partial solar eclipse on December 26.
The structure will protect NASA’s next Mars rover from temperatures as high as 2,100°C during entry into the planet’s atmosphere.
Galaxies NGC 5394 and NGC 5395, around 160 million light-years from Earth, are caught in a slow motion collision.