Stare up at the Milky Way band on a dark night and you'll see missing pieces from clouds of foreground dust that absorb the light of distant stars. There are other mottled "milky ways" just like ours, millions of light-years away.
Open clusters present a mystery. Some fall apart in a few hundred million years, others hang around for billions. Join me as we visit both the youngest and oldest star clusters in the Milky Way.
Orion's Belt is a magnetic sight on February nights. Take the bait and revel in a bounty of double and multiple stars, nebulae, and more.
This November, point your binoculars towards the Silver Coin Galaxy — NGC 253, also known as the Sculptor Galaxy, is one of the brightest galaxies to spot.
Can you spot September's Binocular Highlight from Mathew Wedel — spiral galaxy NGC 7331? Grab your binoculars and find a nice dark sky spot.
Messier 17 (M17) has at least five proper names — Omega Nebula, Horseshoe Nebula, Checkmark Nebula, Swan Nebula, and the Lobster Nebula. Why so many?
Summer is perfect for bird-watching whether that be in the trees or among the stars of the Milky Way. We explore the celestial birds of the season.
A brand new supernova in NGC 6946 is bright enough to see in modest-sized telescopes. Here's how to find it.
A cosmic rabbit hole in the tail of Leo will take you to Abell 1367, a wonderland of galaxies more than 300 million light-years from Earth. Step in and lose yourself in the vastness.
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.
Even with a modest telescope and a poor sky, you can ferret out many faint, far galactic wonders by using a good map.
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.
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.