At 2.5 million light-years away, you might think it's impossible to see individual stars in the Andromeda Galaxy. Let its largest star cloud, NGC 206, show you the way.
Bees see polarized light and use it to navigate to honey. Learn how you can use it to crack the Egg Nebula.
The intriguing Palomar globular clusters will challenge observers with modest to large telescopes, while providing a satisfying ramble around the galactic halo.
Take a trip down the rabbit hole to the weird and weighty world of planet-sized white dwarf stars.
Mind your elders the next clear night and pay a visit to some of Spring's biggest and most ancient planetary nebulae.
"One Ring to rule them all." Join me as we explore a unique class of galaxies forged in the chaos of collision.
You'll be entering uncharted territory when you seek out this little known 'Shadow of the Veil' in Cygnus this summer.
This star-studded pool of misty light provides a feast for observers.
The Triangulum Galaxy shows more detail through backyard telescopes than any other galaxies except the Magellanic Clouds and our own home, the Milky Way. But M33's treasures don't just jump out and grab your eye. To see them, you need dark skies, patience . . . and this guide from the December 2004 issue of…
Bright skies aren't empty skies. See for yourself how many treasures lie hidden in the glow of a city sky.
Trained eyes and clear, dark skies can open up a new dimension in deep-sky observing.
Ready to voyage beyond the Solar System? Here's what you can see.
Many interesting but faint objects are often overlooked when they're beside a "showpiece" object. A collection of galaxies near M92 are a good example of this.
Even with a modest telescope and a poor sky, you can ferret out many faint, far galactic wonders by using a good map.
If you think all galaxies are faint, fuzzy blobs, think again. Here are two easily-seen galaxies that will change your mind.
Butterflies of the Milky Way await scrutiny with telescopes small and large.
Despite its dodgy reputation, this planetary nebula is easy to find (for both Northern and Southern Hemisphere observers) if you go about it the right way.
When you leave the planets, moons, and comets of our solar system behind, you enter the realm of the deep sky, a place of subtle glows and faint lights.
Nebulae are among the most beautiful sights in the night sky but their diffuse nature can make them challenging to locate. Here are a few interesting nebulae, and most are easy to spot.
Globular clusters are more concentrated in the direction of Sagittarius since that's where we find the center of the Milky Way. This area of the sky affords us opportunities to see several of these rich, ancient clusters in close proximity.
If you can find bright Antares in Scorpius, you can use our chart to find these half dozen globular star clusters with a telescope and maybe even binoculars.
The sky between the Big and Little Dogs may be poor in bright stars, but it’s rich in star clusters for small telescopes.
Open clusters are popular targets for deep-sky observers, particularly when composed of varied-color stars. Here are some treats for scopes both large and small.
You don't need a big telescope to be dazzled by deep-sky wonders, particularly if your target is one of the many lovely star clusters.
On a long-awaited tour of the southern Milky Way, Alan Whitman discovers many splendid sights in far-southern skies.