Resources and Education

Here you’ll find the resources you need to get started observing, photographing, and more — your essential introduction to astronomy. Find out which telescopes are best for starting out, the basics of using a star wheel, and what terms you need to know.

And that’s just to get your started. As you delve into the hobby, you’ll want to start using our interactive observing tools and star charts, and maybe you’ll even try your hand at astrophotography. Whatever you try, good luck and clear skies!

New Comet Machholz

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.

Possible Fireball Outburst Sept 9-10

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.


Stargazing with Galileo

When Galileo Galilei first turned a telescope to the heavens four centuries ago, he discovered amazing things — and you can follow in his footsteps.