Astronomy is an outdoor nature hobby. For an easy constellation guide to the evening sky, use the map in the center of Sky & Telescope magazine.
Mark the date: December 13th. That's the night the Geminid meteor shower peaks. Highlighted by the return of its parent asteroid 3200 Phaethon, this year's show promises to be one of the best ever.
Now that the Pleiades and Aldebaran are up in due east, can Orion be far behind? Orion's entire iconic figure, formed by its brightest seven stars, takes about an hour and a quarter to cross the horizon below them.
As you'll hear in December's astronomy podcast, early risers are treated with views of Jupiter (obvious), Mars (not as easy), and Mercury (timing is everything!).
The parent asteroid of next month's Geminid meteor shower, 3200 Phaethon, is about to make a historically close flyby. Get ready to watch it race across the sky.
This November, point your binoculars towards the Silver Coin Galaxy — NGC 253, also known as the Sculptor Galaxy, is one of the brightest galaxies to spot.
When Fomalhaut is due south, you'll always find the first stars of Orion beginning to rise in the east, and the Pointers of the Big Dipper due north below Polaris.
These three important, prototypical variable stars will hold your attention for nights on end: Delta Cephei, Mira, and Algol.
With exoplanet Ross 128b in the news, we pay a visit to the star that sustains this potentially habitable exoplanet.
Simple telescope formulas — how to calculate what you need to know about your telescopes, oculars, and binoculars.
As twilight fades, look low in the southwest for Saturn and Mercury.
Pisces, that sprawling constellation of faint stars easy to ignore, holds a treasure trove of double stars for small telescopes.
Vega is the brightest star in the west in early evening. Its little constellation Lyra extends to the left. Somewhat farther left is 3rd-magnitude Albireo, the beak of Cygnus.
Venus bids farewell at dawn, but not before a close encounter with returning Jupiter.
By watching a star’s disappearance, astronomers learned about the state of the ultrathin atmosphere of Triton, Neptune's largest moon.
The full Moon of November always rides very high in the middle of the night, almost as high as the full Moon of December.
Just discovered, Comet Heinze (C/2017 T) will zoom by Earth in January and may just show up in your binoculars.
The Moon occults two 1st-magnitude stars for much of North America just six days apart. The first event happens mostly in early-evening darkness, the second in broad daylight — an extra challenge for the adventurous.
As you'll hear in this month's astronomy podcast, Venus and Jupiter are putting on quite a show low in the east before dawn.
Saturn, in southern Ophiuchus, glows low in the southwest at dusk this week. It's the only bright planet in evening view.
Feeling tired, run down? These fuzzy stars are guaranteed to pique your interest and make you feel young again.
Using binoculars, find these four clusters that will fit comfortably in the same field of view — observe part of the structure of the galaxy made visible.
The joys of observing variable stars are predictably wonderful. Learn about these inconstant stars which are consistently delightful.
Download the Celestial Harvest Showpiece Roster, a handy list of 300 of the best deep-sky objects to explore with telescopes from 2- to 14-inches in aperture.
Look northeast in the starry sky these evenings. Capella shines low and brightest. Upper right of Capella, and upper left of the Pleiades, the stars of Perseus stand astride the Milky Way.