Steve earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University and has spent most of his career on the staff of Sky & Telescope, where he is now a contributing editor. Among his many accolades, the Texas Star Party (TSP) gave him its highest honor, the Lone Stargazer Award, "for setting the standard of excellence in visual observing." The TSP also gave him its Omega Centauri Award for "advancing astronomy through observation, writing, and promotion, and for sharing his love of the sky," and the International Astronomical Union named asteroid 3637 O'Meara in his honor.
When not looking skyward from his home on the Big Island of Hawaii, Steve enjoys traveling the world with his wife, Donna, to document volcanic eruptions. National Geographic Explorer produced a movie ("Volcano Hunters") about the O'Mearas' research, and Sky Publishing Corp. published their book Volcanoes: Passion and Fury in 1994.
Steve is author, coauthor, or editor of many astronomy books, including Deep-Sky Companions: The Messier Objects, Deep-Sky Companions: The Caldwell Objects, Deep-Sky Wonders, and Mars: The Lure of the Red Planet (with William Sheehan)