It won't be easy by a long shot, but it just might be possible to spot the comet in broad daylight as it passes nearest the Sun.
Tiny, greenish white, and harder to see every day, Comet ISON is descending toward the sunrise horizon and its November 28th perihelion. This is your last chance to catch it before its fateful solar broiling.
For the more recent updates, see SkyandTelescope.com/ISON.
Veteran comet observer John Bortle reports that Comet ISON is undergoing a major outburst. It was six times brighter when he observed it this morning (November 14th) than on the previous morning.
Astronomers confirm that debris from Comet 209P/LINEAR should create a sky show on May 24, 2014 — but it looks less likely that a “storm” is in the works.
While Comet ISON is brightening rapidly, Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) is far more impressive right now, and also much better placed in the sky. It's shown here passing Messier 44, the Beehive Cluster.
From high over the western Atlantic to the sandstorm-swept plains of northern Kenya, adventurous eclipse-chasers converged along the Moon’s ultra-narrow shadow on November 3rd to get fleeting views of the Sun’s blackened disk.
Returning at last to standard time, you'll find Venus low in the west at sunset, Jupiter rising in late evening, and the winged horse Pegasus galloping across the November night sky.
Whether you're new to stargazing or an old hand, you'll find our annual SkyWatch publication the perfect guide to stargazing throughout the year. Check out a sample sky chart for free!
Before dawn on Friday, October 25th, observers along the East Coast have an opportunity to watch the large asteroid Ceres cover a faint star — an event that could aid the forthcoming arrival of NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
Sky & Telescope is now accepting submissions to the Comet ISON Photo Contest!
Much of the world can see at least a partial eclipse of the Sun on November 3rd. Near North America's Eastern Seaboard, you can catch the partial eclipse in progress at sunrise.
Next door to Comet ISON in the eastern pre-dawn sky, Comet C/2012 X1 (LINEAR) exploded without warning from magnitude 14 to 8.
If you live along the U.S. midsection, from California to the Mid-Atlantic states, you've got a chance to watch a star occulted by the binary asteroid Patroclus on October 20–21.
Syzygially speaking, the year's big event is a "hybrid" solar eclipse with a path that zooms across the Atlantic Ocean and central Africa. Lucky viewers along the Eastern Seaboard can (carefully) view a partial solar eclipse at dawn.
Careful skywatchers in the eastern half of North America can watch the full Moon just graze Earth's outer shadow.
Triple shadow transits, where three moons cross the face of Jupiter, happen only once or twice a decade. Catch the show tonight.
You can gawk, study, sketch, image, or just howl. No matter how you do it, head outside on October 12th to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night.
The first half of October 2013 is a good chance for early risers to catch the zodiacal light, the faint eastern glow preceding dawn.
Venus blazes low in the west at sunset, while Jupiter rules the late-night sky. This month also features a penumbral lunar eclipse, a minor meteor shower, and the Great Worldwide Star Count.
Although many of us are already seeing seasonal changes, autumn for the Northern Hemisphere officially begins on Sunday, September 22nd, at 20:44 Universal Time. But why is the time of the equinox so specific? S&T's editors explain.
S&T senior editor Alan MacRobert tells you what you need to know to get ready for Comet ISON.
Keep an eye to the early-evening sky on Sunday, September 8th. You'll be rewarded with a stunning pairing of a thin crescent Moon next to dazzling Venus.
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer left Earth on Friday night — an event widely seen up and down the East Coast — on a mission to solve a 45-year-old mystery.
Dazzling Venus, low in the west after sunset, has close encounters with a moon, a planet, and a star. Meanwhile, the Summer Triangle is high overhead.