Both Pluto and the star are 14th magnitude, but observers with big telescopes and sufficient video capability should try to record this important event.
Watch S&T senior editor Alan MacRobert show and explain how to use star charts and planispheres (star wheels).
Here are some celestial photos taken with Celestron's new flagship telescope, the 14-inch EdgeHD.
On November 3, 2010, two amateurs in Japan discovered an 8th-magnitude comet visually. It's visible in binoculars.
For anyone in a 25-mile-wide path right across Los Angeles, a bright star in Ophiuchus will wink off for several seconds in the predawn hours of April 6, 2010.
California's comet-hunting veteran Don Machholz bagged his 11th discovery on March 23 and 26, 2010. It's a faint diffuse comet, low in the morning sky.
Here are hyperlinks to many websites that can help you forecast the astronomical observing conditions for next few nights — or longer.
Japanese amateur Koichi Itagaki, of recent comet fame, has just discovered a nova near Rigel on November 25, 2009.
Have you ever felt that you ought to be able to see more in the night sky using just your unaided eyes? You may need nothing more than a new pair of eyeglasses.
On March 26, 2009, Korean amateur Dae-am Yi caught the small, greenish glow of a new comet with his Canon camera.
On the morning of Friday, Jan. 9, from 10:55 to 11:06 UT, asteroid 1963 Bezovec occults the 8.3-magnitude star HIP 64220 in a narrow path from Baja California through Texas to New England and Nova Scotia.
During January 2009 a faint star in Cepheus will fade, as it does every five or six years, when "something" goes in front of it.
Light pollution is most amateur astronomers' worst enemy. Learn here how to measure and describe how brightly your sky glows.
S&T contributing editor Fred Schaaf takes a new approach to an old subjecty by describing the 50 best astronomical sights of any kind, from naked-eye spectacles to objects that can only be seen through telescopes at high magnification.
Late Monday night, October 6-7, 2008, a tiny asteroid will enter Earth's atmosphere over Sudan, creating a spectacular explosion in the night sky.
An unexpected meteor burst was detected on the night of September 8-9. Bill Cooke of the Marshall Space Flight Center is urging meteor watchers to see if the activity continues on the night of September 9-10.
Telescope tinkering can be fun and rewarding.
When Galileo Galilei first turned a telescope to the heavens four centuries ago, he discovered amazing things and you can follow in his footsteps.
Como sacar fotos increíbles de constelaciones, nebulosas, grupos de estrellas, y nuestra galaxia.
Todo lo que necesita para disfrutar de las maravillas del cielo nocturno es un par de binoculares.
Pasar una o dos horas aprendiendo a leer un mapa estelar le abrirá el Cosmos para una vida de exploración.
La Astronomía no merece su reputación como un pasatiempo difícil y caro. Sólo necesita empezar con los consejos correctos.
Lo esencial de la navegación por el cielo con un telescopio y atlas de estrellas.
Cada año millones de personas compran telescopios, pero pocas tienen una buena idea de qué deben buscar (o evitar) cuando vayan en busca de su instrumento nuevo.
Even when the air is perfectly clear, a significant fraction of starlight is lost in the atmosphere. And when there's a lot of haze or your target is close to the horizon, atmospheric extinction is a major problem.