People, Places, and Events

Astronomy’s stars aren’t all blazing balls of gas in space—some of them are people. It’s people who make astronomy more than cold science. Many individuals, from John Dobson to Jean Texereau, have left their mark on the amateur astronomy community, and many more currently contribute.

Here you’ll find the latest on the people who shape astronomy and where, when, and how to meet up with your fellow astronomers. We’ll keep you up to speed on major star parties and expo events, such as the Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF), which several of our editors attend every year. You’ll also find here our tributes to the late and great of astronomy, the people who have inspired us and transformed the astronomy world in indelible ways.

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10 U.S. Dark-Sky Parks You Need To Visit

To mark International Dark Sky Week (April 15–21, 2018), here are some of the nation's finest stargazing spots, where artificial light is all but absent. There’s a simple rule for anyone searching for a dark sky; go somewhere others are not. The spread of LED lighting in North America over the past decade or so…

Live Webinar: How to Chase and Photograph Auroras

Want to learn how to take stunning photos of dazzling Aurora? Join Sky & Telescope's live webinar on Monday, March 5th, with National Geographic photographer and founder of The World at Night (TWAN) program Babak Tafreshi  as he reveals his techniques for capturing stunning images and time-lapse videos of both northern and southern lights. As…

Star Party Season

Summer means star parties, and star parties mean fun. Read about my adventures at the annual Cherry Springs and Table Mountain gatherings.

2013 Astronomy Day celebration in Boston

Spring Astronomy Day 2017!

Amateur astronomy clubs, planetariums, science museums, and parks celebrate Astronomy Day twice a year, when the public is invited to come learn about the sky and view through telescopes.