Observing News & Current Celestial Events

Sky & Telescope is your one-stop shop for the latest in celestial events. Whether you want to find out how to observe a new comet or are just curious about what’s in the sky tonight, we’re here to help. For more than 70 years we’ve kept our readers up to speed on eclipses, meteor showers, and the planets. When there’s a new supernova, come here to find sky charts and the latest news on how bright it is. Interested in honing your skills in astrophotography or observing techniques? We have webinars to help you learn from the experts. Wondering what the weather on the Sun has been like recently (or why you can’t see any sunspots with your solar filter)? We have you covered. From asteroids briefly blocking out stars to beautiful conjunctions of Venus and Jupiter, our blogs and podcasts will help you navigate the wonders of the night sky.

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What to See with Your New Telescope (December 2016)

Maybe this gift-giving season you got a shiny new telescope to call your own. Congratulations — you could be on your way to discovering many amazing far things in the night sky. Although most of them are so far and faint that just finding and detecting them is the challenge! Whether your new scope is…

Supermoon and Geminids Duke it Out

In a spectacular case of bad timing, the full Moon coincides with the annual Geminid meteor shower. Don't feel put out. There's still something for everyone, including a consolation prize.