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.

Catch these Comets in 2018

We look ahead to see what fuzzy visitors, new and returning, will brighten the nights ahead. One and possibly two naked-eye comets are on the way.

January’s Total Lunar Eclipse

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, the first total lunar eclipse in more than two years graces the skies above North America. The Western United States, including Alaska and Hawaiʻi, has the best view.

Colorful Perseid fireball

The Best Meteor Showers in 2018

More than a dozen times each year, we experience a pulse of "shooting stars" from an annual meteor shower. Sky & Telescope predicts that the two best meteor showers in 2018 will be the Perseids in mid-August and the Geminids in mid-December.

Lunar Hall of Fame

Beginning in 1645, obsessed observers drew maps of the Moon's face in ever-greater detail. These observers made it into the author's Lunar Hall of Fame.

Cetus — Till Credner

The Inconstant Star

The joys of observing variable stars are predictably wonderful. Learn about these inconstant stars which are consistently delightful.

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.