Types of Objects to Observe

Sky & Telescope brings you hundreds of articles on observing celestial bodies. Take a tour of the night sky from near-earth objects to distant Messier objects. Explore encounters with comets, meteors, and supernovae. Dive into detailed discussions about galaxies millions of light-years from the Earth or surface features of the Moon. Learn about upcoming asteroid approaches and celestial body happenings and prepare yourself to spot or photograph them all. We’ll provide useful tips whether you want to spend 10 minutes outside peering at Jupiter’s Galilean moons through a small pair of binoculars or spend hours on end capturing the perfect photograph of that elusive distant galaxy.

Our articles look at objects in space visible throughout the year, during a particular season, and special events for a single day, such as eclipses and occultations. We’ll help you through the coldest nights by sharing space facts, or to put it more eloquently, the wonders of the universe.

New Impact Flash Seen at Jupiter

Yet another Jovian fireball? Amateur astronomers record a rare impact flash in Jupiter's north polar region.  Jupiter just got beaned for the 5th time! On the evening of May 26, between 19:24.6 UT and 19:26.2 UT, Sauveur Pedranghelu, a French amateur from Corsica, detected a impact flash live on video in Jupiter's north polar region. The…

Just Saying Hello

See a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid From Your Backyard

Get ready for 2014 JO25, the biggest asteroid to fly this close to Earth since 2004. Good news — even a 3-inch telescope will show it! Update: See below for a radar image and animation of 2014 JO25 captured by NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar on April 18, 2017. Every week, a handful of new Earth-approaching asteroids…

Bright Supernova Beckons

Bright Supernova Erupts in NGC 5643 in Lupus

A recently discovered supernova in Lupus now shines around magnitude +11.5, bright enough to see in a modest telescope. With photos and maps, we'll get you there. I wished I lived in Georgia and not just for the peach trees and warmer weather. No, I'd be able to get up early tomorrow morning to marvel at…

Total Solar Eclipse over Easter Island

Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2017

It won't be a great year for lunar eclipses, with a deep penumbral event on February 11th and a partial on August 7th. But an annular solar eclipse is observable from the Southern Hemisphere on February 26th, and a total solar eclipse crosses the continental U.S. on August 21st.

Leonid fireball from 2001

Ultimate Guide to Meteor Showers in 2017

Everyone enjoys the brief and sometimes dazzling streaks of light from meteors, sometimes called "shooting stars." Sky & Telescope predicts that the two best meteor showers in 2017 will be the Quadrantids in early January and the Geminids in mid-December.