Mind your elders the next clear night and pay a visit to some of Spring's biggest and most ancient planetary nebulae.
"One Ring to rule them all." Join me as we explore a unique class of galaxies forged in the chaos of collision.
You'll be entering uncharted territory when you seek out this little known 'Shadow of the Veil' in Cygnus this summer.
This star-studded pool of misty light provides a feast for observers.
The Triangulum Galaxy shows more detail through backyard telescopes than any other galaxies except the Magellanic Clouds and our own home, the Milky Way. But M33's treasures don't just jump out and grab your eye. To see them, you need dark skies, patience . . . and this guide from the December 2004 issue...
Bright skies aren't empty skies. See for yourself how many treasures lie hidden in the glow of a city sky.
Trained eyes and clear, dark skies can open up a new dimension in deep-sky observing.
Ready to voyage beyond the Solar System? Here's what you can see.
Even with a modest telescope and a poor sky, you can ferret out many faint, far galactic wonders by using a good map.
Many interesting but faint objects are often overlooked when they're beside a "showpiece" object. A collection of galaxies near M92 are a good example of this.
If you think all galaxies are faint, fuzzy blobs, think again. Here are two easily-seen galaxies that will change your mind.
Butterflies of the Milky Way await scrutiny with telescopes small and large.
Despite its dodgy reputation, this planetary nebula is easy to find (for both Northern and Southern Hemisphere observers) if you go about it the right way.
When you leave the planets, moons, and comets of our solar system behind, you enter the realm of the deep sky, a place of subtle glows and faint lights.
Nebulae are among the most beautiful sights in the night sky but their diffuse nature can make them challenging to locate. Here are a few interesting nebulae, and most are easy to spot.
Globular clusters are more concentrated in the direction of Sagittarius since that's where we find the center of the Milky Way. This area of the sky affords us opportunities to see several of these rich, ancient clusters in close proximity.
If you can find bright Antares in Scorpius, you can use our chart to find these half dozen globular star clusters with a telescope and maybe even binoculars.
The sky between the Big and Little Dogs may be poor in bright stars, but it’s rich in star clusters for small telescopes.
Open clusters are popular targets for deep-sky observers, particularly when composed of varied-color stars. Here are some treats for scopes both large and small.
You don't need a big telescope to be dazzled by deep-sky wonders, particularly if your target is one of the many lovely star clusters.
Amateur skygazers can spend hours roaming ghostly clouds of interstellar dust. You just need to know where to look.
On a long-awaited tour of the southern Milky Way, Alan Whitman discovers many splendid sights in far-southern skies.
Here's how to hone your galaxy-hunting skills and what to expect at the eyepiece.
This famous recurrent nova has just erupted for the first time in 21 years, reaching magnitude 4.8 on February 13th.
This recurrent nova last went off in 1985. It could do so again almost any night. By catching this nova on the rise, you’ll help professional astronomers turn their “big guns” on it.