Author Archives: Kelly Beatty

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.

2017 eclipse track with partial phases

S&T Webinar: Get Ready for 2017’s Total Solar Eclipse

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 9th, when you'll get great background info and travel tips for America's coast-to-coast total solar eclipse. Maybe you've always been curious about why everyone gets excited about total solar eclipses. Maybe you're thinking about traveling to see the one next August 21st, but you're not sure where to go.…

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…