Observing News & Current Celestial Events

Sky & Telescope is your one-stop shop for celestial events. Whether you want to find out how to observe a new comet or are just curious about what’s in the sky tonight, we’re here to help. For more than 70 years we’ve kept our readers up to speed on meteor showers, and the planets. When there’s a new supernova, come here to find sky charts and the latest news on how bright it is. From asteroids briefly blocking out stars to beautiful conjunctions of Venus and Jupiter, our blogs and podcasts will help you navigate the wonders of the night sky.

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8th-magnitude Nova in Sagittarius

A nova in Sagittarius, discovered a few nights ago by a Japanese amateur, has become bright enough to see in binoculars. Update: As of October 31st, the nova had been holding at about magnitude 8.0 for a week. It's temporarily designated TCP J18102829-2729590. This is not to be confused with another nova just above the…

The aurora erupted in a fine display of sharp-tipped rays early this morning around 12:30 a.m. as seen from near Duluth, Minn. More auroras are expected Monday and Tuesday nights Oct. 24-25.
Bob King

More Auroras Coming to Northern Skies

Keep your eye on the northern sky. Auroras are in the forecast for the next couple nights courtesy of a "hole" in the Sun's corona. Update (October 25th): Since early this morning, a stronger than expected blast of solar wind has been ruffling Earth's magnetic field and stoking a strong geomagnetic storm. We're currently experiencing a G3 /…