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Kelly Beatty

About Kelly Beatty

J. Kelly Beatty, S&T's Senior Editor, joined the staff of Sky Publishing in 1974 and specializes in planetary science and space exploration. Learn more about him here.

Brilliant Mars and bright Saturn frame the head of Scorpius in the southeastern sky on June evenings. Sky & Telescope diagram

Tour June’s Sky: Three Planets at Nightfall

Sky & Telescope's astronomy podcast takes you on a guided tour of the night sky. After the Sun sinks from view, enjoy watching Mars and Saturn near Scorpius in the southeast and Jupiter near Leo well up in the southwest. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, June is a minimalist month for stargazing because…

Mercury transit 2016 in H-alpha light

Mercury’s Slow Glide Across the Sun

May 9th's transit of Mercury is now history. Countless amateurs — and professionals — watched as the innermost planet had its day in the Sun. It's sometimes the curse of being involved in astronomical outreach that I miss all the action during an important celestial event. For example, I never got to see Comet Shoemaker-Levy…

October 2014's partial solar eclipse

Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2016

There will be four eclipses in 2016. Highlights are a total solar eclipse on March 9th (visible from Indonesia) and an annular solar eclipse on September 1st (central Africa). But we'll see just two barely-there penumbral eclipses, on March 23rd and September 16th.