Thousands of telescopes are given and received as gifts during the holidays. But once you've assembled your new treasure, then what? The editors of Sky & Telescope show you where to look first.
Spot Uranus and Neptune, and relive the original discoveries.
The perpetuation of the supermoon myth is mostly motivated by desire for publicity. But much of what we call the supermoon is just our eyes playing tricks on us.
Saturn is an old favorite for every telescope user. Here's a guide to seeing all that you can see on the ringed planet.
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.
When do the Sun and Moon rise and set? When does twilight end and begin? Which planets are up? Set our Online Almanac for your location!
Learn the phase of the Moon tonight, the day you were born, or on any historical date.
This interactive tool is designed to give you answers to your commonly asked questions about your telescope's performance when changing eyepieces and accessories.
Ceres, the biggest asteroid and brightest dwarf planet,shines at magnitude 6.9 or brighter from December 12-25.
Now you can calculate the dates and times (local and Universal Times) when the center of the Great Red Spot should cross Jupiter's central meridian, the imaginary line down the center of the planet's disk from pole to pole.
Click here to find the positions of Jupiter's moons and the Great Red Spot.
Here are a few hints to enhance your meteor-watching experience.
Meteor studies have relied heavily on amateur observers for more than a century. They still do. Here are some tips and suggestions on how to plan a meteor watch.
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.
Meteors, meteoroids, meteorites, and fireballs — keep all these look-alike terms straight.
Mark your calendars for August 21, 2017 — when the Moon's umbral shadow will race coast to coast across the United States for the first time in nearly a century.
We'll see a "blue Moon" next Friday, but what does that mean? From the Middle Ages to the game of Trivial Pursuit, a folklorist explores the origin of the phrase.
The "King of Planets," which will dominate the evening sky from late 2011 through early 2012, is a captivating sight no matter how you look at it.
The two brightest asteroids are close to each other in late 2012 and early 2013. Moreover, they're traversing one of the most interesting areas in the night sky.
The two brightest asteroids are in fine view for binoculars or a telescope. Here are instructions and charts to find them.
Lurking in the seemingly changeless constellations are a few inconstant stars that pulse and eclipse. Here are a dozen variables that are easy to observe.
Occultations of stars and planets by the Moon and asteroids are exciting to watch, and amateur occultation timings can have real scientific value. But first you need to know what occultations will be happening in your area.
Vesta shines at magnitude 7 or brighter through mid-May 2010.