Author Archives: David Tytell

Calendar of "Blue Moons" 1999-2020

Uh-Oh! A “Blue Moon” Ends the OOs

On New Year's Eve, a full Moon will rise for the second time this month (the first time was on December 2nd). Many people call the second full Moon in a calendar month a "Blue Moon" — but it didn't start out that way.

Sky & Telescope Appoints Robert P. Naeye Editor-in-Chief

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Joel Toner VP & Publishing Director, New Track Media     617-864-7360 x2124, jtoner@newtrackmedia.com Cambridge, MA, April 29, 2008 — Sky & Telescope magazine, the iconic publisher of astronomy periodicals and books, announced today that it has appointed Robert P. Naeye to the position of Editor-in-Chief, succeeding Richard Tresch Fienberg, PhD, who...

The dusty Milky Way dazzles overhead from the Atacama Desert in Chile. Click on the image above to watch a 23 MB  QuickTime movie of our galaxy's middle rotating overhead.

Watch the Sky From Chile

High above the clouds (and most of the Earth's atmosphere), from 19,000 feet (5,900 meters), the southern sky reveals its true majestic glory. Watch as the heavens rotate above the Chajnantor plateau high in the Chilean Atacama Desert.

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Binocular SkyScout

See more celestial targets by attaching your Celestron SkyScout to tripod-mounted binoculars with the FAR-Sight SkyScout Mount from Farpoint Astronomical Research.

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Big Autoguider

The affordably priced StarShoot AutoGuider from Orion Telescopes & Binoculars enables you to track your target precisely during long-exposure astrophotography.

Enceladus's south pole is shown from a distance between 14,000 and 32,000 kilometers. The color overlay atop the Tiger Stripe fractures shows the heat coming from the deep cuts on the surface. The warm spots are -135°F whereas the rest of the surface is only -330°F.

What’s Inside Enceladus?

In a daring dash over the south pole of Enceladus, the Cassini orbiter found organic molecules gushing from icy fractures on the Saturnian moon's surface — and hints that a reservoir of liquid water might exist deeper down.

This image, taken March 25th by assistant editor Sean Walker, shows the group of large sunspots that has recently come into view. Check them out!

Go See the Sun

If you have a solar filter or another way to safely view the Sun, be sure to check out the latest group of sunspots marching across its disk.

Meade Instruments' mySKY promises to raise the bar for exploring the night sky.

S&T Test Report: To the Point with mySKY

Enjoy your own personalized planetarium show under a starry sky with this clever bit of electronic wizardry from Meade. Download the test report in our online store, ShopatSky.com. Inside the May issue of Sky & Telescope. On newsstands April 1st!

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Stars and Paradise

When most people think of Hawaii, they ponder volcanoes, luaus, hula dancers, and pineapples. But Hawaii also sports one of Earth's best vacation spots for amateur astronomers. The Galaxy Garden is just the beginning when it comes to astronomical attractions on Hawaii's Big Island. On the eastern side of the island, you'll find the...

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Binocular Aim

Astronomy-Shoppe manufactures many helpful gadgets to enhance your observing experience. Among them is the new Bino-Brac, a simple L bracket tappedto accept any popular unit-power finder.

Look Here Device

Star-Party Aid

FAR Laboratories introduces the Look Here Device to aid first-timers with finding a telescope’s eyepiece in the dark.

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Just Don’t Call It West Coast NEAF

Here's some great news for those of you on the West Coast. The Riverside Telescope Makers Conference, Inc. — the same folks who bring us the world-famous RTMC Astronomy Expo every Memorial Day weekend in Big Bear, California — has announced a new astronomical event.