As the countdown for Friday's total solar eclipse nears zero, "umbraphiles" from around the world are flocking to remote parts of the far north in the hope of finding clear skies.
A 6th-magnitude nova has erupted inside the Sagittarius Teapot. It may (or may not) still be brightening.
Follow Comet Lovejoy high overhead while you still can. Use our February finder chart below. The comet is fading more slowly than expected.
When the Moon next covers the Sun, on the equinox, its hard-to-reach path will include the North Pole but very little land.
As we transition between seasons, Orion rides high in the evening sky — easily found by spotting the row of three bright stars in his Belt.
Two total lunar eclipses occur this year, on April 4th and September 27−28. Meanwhile, a total solar eclipse in March sweeps across remote Arctic waters on March 20th, and a partial event on September 13th is likewise poorly placed for observing. Any list of nature's grandest spectacles would certainly include eclipses of the Sun...
Earth's two closest planetary neighbors draw strikingly close together this week.
Jupiter reaches opposition on February 6, 2015. Find out how to see the planet king at its best.
Some of the prettiest nighttime sights involve the close pairing of two solar-system bodies, and February features events with the Moon and Jupiter, then Venus and Mars.
The new Comet Lovejoy, C/2014 Q2, should brighten from 5th to 4th magnitude from late December through January as it climbs into excellent viewing position for the Northern Hemisphere, high in the dark winter sky.
Sky & Telescope's year-at-a-glance guide to celestial happenings is a symphony of detailed calculations and clear, elegant design.
Has Comet Q2 Lovejoy stoked you to see more of these celestial travelers? We look into the crystal ball to see what's coming in 2015.
With a small telescope and our sky charts, you can watch the sizable near-Earth asteroid 2004 BL86 race among the stars on the night of January 26–27.
Get your scope ready for a rare event this Friday night when one after another three of Jupiter's brightest moons and their shadows parade across its face.
For the second time in as many months, the periodic comet 15P/Finlay has surged in brightness. Spot it soon — before the Moon interferes — using our exclusive sky charts.
Astronomers say that a once-in-26-year eclipse, predicted to occur in January, probably happened months ago without anyone seeing it.
Will you brave the cold Friday morning to witness the conjunction of Saturn and the waning Moon?
Our downloadable monthly podcast offers highlights for stargazing in January, how to find the planets, and a special look at the Pleiades star cluster
A new Comet Lovejoy, C/2014 Q2, is heading our way. It may brighten to 5th magnitude from late December through much of January as it climbs into excellent viewing position for the Northern Hemisphere, high in the dark winter sky.
Thousands of telescopes are given and received as gifts during the holidays. But once you've assembled your new treasure, then what? The editors of Sky & Telescope magazine point the way.
The Geminids, a meteor shower sparked by dust and debris shed from a small asteroid, peaks this weekend.
The annual Geminid meteor shower, one of the best shooting-star displays each year, returns to our skies late this week. Despite interference from moonlight, plenty of bright meteors should still shine through.
Our monthly podcast offers the key highlights for stargazing in December: where to find bright stars and planets — and how to spot the Geminid meteor shower.
Watch an asteroid approach a star and block its light, all in a fraction of a second.
Often ignored in off years, why not treat yourself to the Leonids this month, a shower famed for fireballs and smoke trails.