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.
A mythic drama plays out in the stars above on November evenings. Taking center stage, almost directly overhead at nightfall, is Cassiopeia, the Queen.
Mercury moves fast around the Sun and changes location in the sky quickly. But you can spot it before sunrise in early November. Here's the info you'll need!
Readers share their experiences of the October 23, 2014 partial solar eclipse.
Find everything you need to enjoy today's partial solar eclipse — where to go, what you'll see, weather forecasts, and just in case, an online backup plan.
Most of us are familiar with the Seven Sisters, but have you met their brothers? Learn how to find more Pleiades than first meet the eye.
A gigantic sunspot group, rotating into view on October 17th, has grown to nearly the size of Jupiter and could trigger potent solar storms in the days ahead.
Find out where you can watch the partial solar eclipse taking place on October 23, 2014.