Meet the brightest stars near Earth. Next up: Polaris, the North Star, the star within a degree of the north celestial pole.
You don't need a PhD to understand noise in astronomical images — here's an introduction to the various sources of noise in astrophotography and how to combat them.
Meet the stars near Earth, starting with the brightest: Sirius, the "Dog Star."
Is it possible to settle the PixInsight vs. Photoshop debate once and for all? Yes: Learn both and gain the skills you need to make better astrophotos!
A newfound star in a nearby galaxy appears to have cheated death by blowing up at least twice as a supernova. It could be a throwback to the first stars that ever formed.
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…
Capturing crystal-clear astro images involves a delicate balance of having just enough pixels for the object you're imaging. But you don't need a PhD to understand the sampling theory that's involved.
Join Sky & Telescope's live webinar on Monday, January 29th, to find out which 2018 events present the best nightscape opportunities with world-renowned photographer Babak Tafreshi.
A slow, relentless rhythm, known as the saros cycle, is hidden away in the movements of the Moon and Sun. How does it foretell eclipses — and how could Babylonians discover its existence long before modern science and technology?
Knowing your astrophotography setup's pixel scale will help you take better pictures. And to determine pixel scale, you first need to know your field of view.
"As sure as the Sun rises in the east . . ." Except it doesn't! Find out how Earth's tilt changes the location of sunrise (and sunset) throughout the year.
The moment the Sun reaches its southernmost point in the sky marks the December solstice, the official beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere (where it is called the winter solstice) and a time of great celebration in many northern cultures.
Good weather for imaging is about more than just the clouds! Even if it's cloud-free, you'll need to understand if the seeing and transparency are good.
Wondering what to read next? Looking for a gift for the amateur astronomer in your life? Check out these new astronomy books!
In this episode of Orbital Path, we hear from Brian Greene on the coming paradigm shift in physics as current theories fail to adequately explain quantum entanglement.
The prevailing view of the universe has just passed a rigorous new test, but the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy remain frustratingly unsolved.
Native American tribes each had their own full Moon names — we introduce the most commonly used ones and the traditions behind them.
Learn how to get the most out of your astro-imaging equipment with this informative live webinar hosted by S&T contributing editor Richard S. Wright, Jr.
Nicki Viall, a heliophysicist at Goddard Space Flight Center, shares her excitement over the Parker Solar Probe — the spacecraft that will allow scientists to "touch" the Sun.
From oxygen-thin mountaintops to barren deserts to the South Pole, many of the world’s most powerful telescopes are in distant, inhospitable environments. Three researchers share their adventures pursuing science at the farthest corners of the world.
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.