Observing News & Current Celestial Events

Sky & Telescope is your one-stop shop for 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 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. 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.

Comet ISON on November 10, 2013

Comet ISON Comes to Life!

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.

Comet Lovejoy

The Other Great Morning Comet

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.

Totality above the clouds

November’s Hybrid Eclipse: First Reports

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.

Ceres

A Timely Cover-up by Ceres

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.

November 3rd's partial solar eclipse at sunrise

November 3rd’s Rare Solar Eclipse

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.

Ecliptic and equator illustration

Equinox Arrives September 22nd

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.

LADEE in lunar orbit

LADEE Leaves for Luna

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.