Author Archives: Alan MacRobert

About Alan MacRobert

Sky & Telescope senior editor Alan MacRobert has been covering all aspects of astronomy since 1982.

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What to See with Your New Telescope

Maybe this gift-giving season you got a shiny new telescope to call your own. Congratulations — you could be on your way to discovering many amazing far things in the night sky. Although most of them are so far and faint that just finding and detecting them is the challenge! Whether your new scope is…

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This Week’s Sky at a Glance, October 28 – November 5

Friday, October 28 • In twilight this evening, Saturn, brilliant Venus, and Antares form a nearly vertical, curving line low in the southwest — in that order top to bottom. Yesterday they formed an almost straight line. Watch their configuration change rapidly this week, as Venus speeds eastward (upper left) with respect to the other…