John Mather has seen many first lights, not the least being the first light of the universe — and soon he will see the first light of the James Webb Space Telescope.
Enrich the eclipse experience — especially the long, partial phases — with solar eclipse activities for kids and families.
Join host Michelle Thaller as she learns about the IceBridge mission and the scientific discoveries it is making in the latest installment of Orbital Path Podcast
A few weeks ago we took to Twitter and Facebook to find out what questions you wanted answered about the August 21st Total Solar Eclipse. Now we're back with Part II of the answers!
If you can't resist taking pictures of the solar eclipse with your smartphone, read this first for tips to ensure quality pictures.
A total eclipse of the Sun is a spectacular sight. With a little preparation and advance planning, you can capture your own souvenir portrait of this awe-inspiring sight.
Here are several ideas for photographers to use when shooting the August 21st eclipse
So you think you’re prepared for your eclipse viewing experience. But may I submit, dear reader, that you might have forgotten to pack a few things...
A few weeks ago we took to Twitter and Facebook to find out what questions you wanted answered about the August 21st Total Solar Eclipse. Now we're back with the answers!
If you want the best results from your eclipse photos, you'll need to do some processing. Equipment Editor Sean Walker walks us through processing photos from the 2010 Easter Island eclipse.
When limited time and a powerful on-shore wind scrapped the author’s plans for photographing the eclipse, he simply propped his telescope on a rock wall and hit the shutter button — with stunning results.
Join S&T's live webinar to learn the secrets of how to take awe-inspiring time-lapse videos of the Earth and sky at night.
Learn some of the classic stargazing sights that can be best viewed through a smaller telescope.
Much to their surprise, scientists are finding dozens of black holes deep within densely packed collections of stars called globular clusters. Astrophysicists are using a record-breaking computer simulation to learn their secrets, including whether the clusters gave rise to recently observed ripples in space-time.
With all the interest in August’s sky spectacular, it’s no surprise that you can find lots of great information about solar eclipses. Here are some favorite resources chosen by the editors of Sky & Telescope magazine: Books About Eclipses In the Shadow of the Moon: The Science, Magic, and Mystery of Solar Eclipses by Anthony…
Try this easy technique to roughly polar-align your telescope mount during the day using your smartphone and a planetarium app.
Why are some scientists world-famous but not others? Narrative, even one as simple as "starlight bends," turns out to be a powerful tool for making sense of science. In 1905 Albert Einstein published four papers that transformed our understanding of light, atoms, space, time, and energy. The world took no notice. Ten years later, still…
Find out how to remove light pollution from your astrophotos so you can have dark skies instead of red-brown ones.
The universe sings to us in gravitational waves, and we're starting to listen. Michelle Thaller discusses the discovery of gravitational waves and their unusual effects in her latest astronomy podcast.
How do you find out what stars are visible tonight? With a planisphere or "star wheel." It's easy!
You'll capture the night sky as it truly looks when you learn how to establish a proper white balance in your DSLR astrophotos.
Earth is a planet, too! Dr. Michelle Thaller explores how NASA investigates Earth using space-based satellites, and how that knowledge can save lives.
Join Sky & Telescope Contributing Photographer Babak Tafreshi for a live webinar to learn the secrets of stunning Milky Way photography.
Thanks to a record haul of new, ultra-distant quasars—powerhouses of light from the farthest reaches of the universe—astrophysicists can now piece together the rise of mighty objects in the early cosmos.
Dr. Michelle Thaller talks to two NASA astrobiologists on when and how we'll explore Europa's subsurface ocean, and what we might find there.