Resources and Education

Here you’ll find the resources you need to get started observing, photographing, and more — your essential introduction to astronomy. Learn the best telescopes for starting out, the basics of using a star wheel, and find Spanish-language introductions to stargazing. Whatever you try, good luck and clear skies!

Stargazing Basics
Common (and not so common) Questions & Answers
Astrophotography Advice & Resources

Low Sun, Long Shadows and Icy Atmospherics

What is the Winter Solstice?

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.

Improving Your Eclipse Photos

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.