SkyWeek TV Archive

Sky & Telescope senior editor Tony Flanders guides you to the night sky in this series of bite-size videos. Get basic observing facts and updates from the weekly stargazing forecast — learn what constellations you’ll see and what phase the Moon will be. But be prepared to find much more than what’s up tonight. In the videos below, you’ll also explore the stories as well as the real history behind the stars and constellations. Hear the role the star Regulus (in constellation Leo) plays in the history and science of astronomy. Or learn the story of Perseus and how Algol got its name. (Hint: it’s the stuff of legends…and ghouls.)

May 13 – 19, 2013

Stargazers throughout the contiguous U.S. can see parts of the huge, ancient constellation Centaurus poking above the southern horizon. From Hawaii or southern Florida this constellation is splendid indeed.

April 1 – 7, 2013

The constellation Puppis floats lower left of dazzling Sirius. It’s just the tip of the gigantic ancient constellation Argo, the ship that carried Jason and the Argonauts on their quest for the Golden Fleece.

December 17 – 23, 2012

Winter starts on Friday, and coincidentally the ancient Mayan calendar flips over to a new “baktun.” Contrary to the doomsayers, nothing unusual will happen. But some astronomical phenomena are genuinely dangerous.

December 10 – 16, 2012

The Geminid meteor shower will be strongest from Thursday evening through Friday morning, though more meteors than usual will fall all week. Conditions are perfect this year, with no Moon to blind you to the faintest meteors.