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.

Leonid fireball from 2001

Ultimate Guide to Meteor Showers in 2017

Everyone enjoys the brief and sometimes dazzling streaks of light from meteors, sometimes called "shooting stars." Sky & Telescope predicts that the two best meteor showers in 2017 will be the Quadrantids in early January and the Geminids in mid-December.