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!

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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.

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The First Geek

Not all geeks are astronomers, but many astronomers are geeks. Let's take a look at the archetypal geek who died 22 centuries ago.