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. We’ll provide useful tips whether you want to spend 10 minutes outside peering at Jupiter’s moons through a small pair of binoculars or spend hours on end attempting to get the perfect photograph of that 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.

The Great Red Spot looked rather circular and had a distinct orange hue on Feburary 15, 2014. Damien Peach

Jupiter’s Not-So-Great Red Spot

Astronomers don't know why Jupiter's iconic Great Red Spot has been gradually shrinking since the 1800s — or why the downsizing has accelerated during the past two years. Thanks to the planet's enormity, seeing Jupiter through a telescope can be very satisfying. Its two main cloud belts appear in most any backyard setup, and...

Geminid meteor

Meteor Showers in 2014

Sky & Telescope predicts that 2014's best meteor shower won't be one of the traditional displays. Instead, on May 24th the predawn skies over North America might come alive with a robust display of "shooting stars" shed by Comet 209P/LINEAR.

Saturn on Feb. 23

A Saturn Almanac

Spectacular Saturn is a perennial favorite of telescope users everywhere. Click here to find printable data on the positions of Saturn's rings and planets.

Full Moon

The Lunar 100

As the moon wanes in the gibbous phase in the nights to come, see if you can find and observe some of 100 of Charles Wood's classic lunar hit list, including craters, basins, mountains, rilles, and domes.