Blogs

Over the years, editors and contributors to Sky & Telescope magazine have written blogs about various topics in astronomy, covering everything from recent celestial events to the latest astronomy research. Take a trip down history lane to delve into topics that are no less relevant today. Read Tony Flanders’s musings on stargazing, hiking and the effects of light pollution, Ivan Semeniuk’s coverage of astronomy-related news, and Robert Naeye’s opinions on Pluto, extraterrestrial life, and other debate-stimulating material. We also have a series of blog posts by David H. Levy, covering all things comets and equipment. Dive in and get a personal, behind-the-scenes look at the editors and contributors to S&T!

Cone of zodiacal light stretching into the sky from behind a dark silhouette of evergreen trees.

Zodiacal Light – Captivated by Comet Dust

October's a perfect time to see the zodiacal light, a tapering tower of comet dust standing high in the eastern sky before dawn. Here's how to find it. Wednesday morning, 5:30 a.m. I'm driving too fast down a country road in search of a clear sky to watch the total lunar eclipse. Totality is underway, but clouds...

ISS slips into shadow over Iowa

Watch a Sunset with the ISS Astronauts

See a space station sunset with both feet planted firmly on the ground. Beginning this week and continuing through late October, the International Space Station (ISS) will makes passes over much of the United States, Canada, and Europe during convenient evening viewing hours. Why not get out for a look before the bite of winter arrives? A typical...

Crescent cradles the 'old moon'

Earthshine, the Moon’s Darker Side

With a subtle beauty all its own, the earthshine we see glowing in the lunar night invites us to consider Earth's many connections to the Moon This week's crescent Moon offers more than two horns to hang your hat on. Take a close look, and you'll see an entire circle of moonlight. Sunlight illuminates...

The North America Nebula

Hanging high overhead on autmun evenings, the North America Nebula is the season's best — assuming that you have dark skies to enjoy it and a good roadmap to help you interpret it.

Light-Pollution Atlas Old and New

Corrected Light-Pollution Atlas

New work indicates that the venerable and highly respected World Atlas of Aritifical Night Sky Brightness was systematically distorted by snow cover when the underlying satellite data was obtained.

Number of stars visible at different seasons

Hobby Q&A

How far away can we detect exoplanets? How many stars are visible to the unaided eye? Read Hobby Q&A to find answers to these and other questions.

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RTMC 2010, Part I

For the first time in its history, the Riverside Telescope Maker's Conference was held at new Moon instead of on Memorial Day weekend. That allowed some wonderful views of galaxies under surprisingly dark skies.