Like "catching some rays"? This weekend's Blue Moon invites us to explore the beauty and dazzle of crater rays, the tracks left by powerful impacts in the not-so-distant past.
Comet C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS has been skirting the northern horizon since mid-June. Now it's ready to dip Down Under, where it may be visible with the naked eye in evening twilight.
It's no myth. Icarus makes a rare flyby of Earth this week. Here's how to see it in your telescope and live online.
It’s been a fantastic year for Pluto, and it’s only going to get more so. What better time to make your first (or second!) attempt at spotting the dwarf planet? Read on for a few tips to help you locate this dim object in the summer sky. This is an exciting year for Pluto....
This article gives directions for finding Uranus and Neptune from June 2015 through March 2016. If you've never seen these somewhat dim planets before, you might want to read our general instructions and history of their discoveries first. Neptune and Uranus are in Aquarius and Pisces, respectively, throughout this period. Uranus is fewer than...
Spot Uranus and Neptune, and relive the original discoveries.
Chips of Pallas grace meteorite collections around the world. See where they all came from when the asteroid reaches opposition this spring.
Walk in the astronauts' footsteps as you explore the places they visited in the heyday of Apollo program. Use these helpful maps to start you on your way.
Participate in a world-wide campaign to observe and photograph Comet 67P/C-G as it approaches and recedes from the Sun with Rosetta in tow. Your observations matter.
In a borderline eclipse of the Moon like last Saturday's, the difference between "total" and "partial" depends on some crucial assumptions.
"One Ring to rule them all." Join me as we explore a unique class of galaxies forged in the chaos of collision.
With the Moon riding high this week, what better time to look for its three best-known yet enigmatic "ring" craters? We welcome back the waxing Moon this week. It's a chance for many of us to put dark-sky targets on the back burner and give some love to she who lights the night. During fall, the evening...
The new Comet Lovejoy, C/2014 Q2, should brighten from 5th to 4th magnitude from late December through January as it climbs into excellent viewing position for the Northern Hemisphere, high in the dark winter sky.
A new Comet Lovejoy, C/2014 Q2, is heading our way. It may brighten to 5th magnitude from late December through much of January as it climbs into excellent viewing position for the Northern Hemisphere, high in the dark winter sky.
Sky & Telescope predicts that 2015's best meteor showers will be the Perseids in mid-August and the Geminids in mid-December.
Fooled by shadow play into thinking lunar mountains were pointy pinnacles? Learn why we often see them that way.
Watch an asteroid approach a star and block its light, all in a fraction of a second.
Reports describing this morning's lunar eclipse are beginning to trickle in to our offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Lonely Fomalhaut turns out to have plenty of company. Learn how to find its two remarkably distant stellar companions.
Start your day with an eclipse of the full Moon! On the morning of October 8, 2014, a total lunar eclipse will be visible across most of North America.
Learn exactly how and when to expect the next display of the northern lights with a few easy-to-use online tools.
Get acquainted with SS Cygni, the sky's brightest cataclysmic variable star. It's guaranteed to keep you on your toes.
International Observe the Moon Night is an event that encourages people to "look up" and enjoy our nearest neighbor. This year's InOMN is Saturday, September 6th. Here's a quiz: What astronomical object looks amazing no matter what the magnification, never looks exactly the same no matter how often you view it, and can be...
With a subtle beauty all its own, the earthshine we see glowing in the lunar night invites us to consider Earth's many connections to the Moon.
You'll be entering uncharted territory when you seek out this little known 'Shadow of the Veil' in Cygnus this summer.