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.

NGC 7331: Odd One Out

Can you spot September's Binocular Highlight from Mathew Wedel — spiral galaxy NGC 7331? Grab your binoculars and find a nice dark sky spot.

Showpiece Doubles

Point your telescope towards these doubles — true gems of the late-summer sky. You don’t even need dark skies or a big telescope to admire them!

Diamond of Three Rings

A total solar eclipse offers the most spectacular of jewels, the diamond ring, as the Moon blocks all but a small part of the Sun's brilliance.