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.


Satellite Lost and Found in Space

SkyCube, a crowd-funded nanosatellite built to engage the public in space exploration, has been deployed from the International Space Station. Now its creators are anxiously waiting to establish two-way contact.

John Dobson

John Dobson, 1915-2014

Ask any long-time stargazer who has had the greatest impact on amateur astronomy, and the name of this barnstorming, telescope-making revolutionary will surely come up.

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.

Path of Ceres in 1800

Why Do We Call Them “Asteroids”?

When astronomers discovered the first objects orbiting between Mars and Jupiter, at first they didn't know what to call them. Today we know them as asteroids, and the creator of that term has finally been identified.

Massive Chelyabink meteorite

Huge Meteorite Pulled from Russian Lake

Meteorite specialists around the world have wondered whether a massive fragment of the Chelyabinsk mini-asteroid would ever be resurrected from the murky bottom of Lake Chebarkul in Russia. Today they got their answer.

Higgs boson produced

Crash Course in the Higgs

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to two physicists who postulated the existence of the Higgs field, the source of many elementary particles' masses. For those still scratching their heads on what the Higgs is, here's what you need to know.