There's more to look for this month than the solar eclipse. As you'll discover in August's astronomy podcast, Jupiter and Saturn are easy to spot in the evening sky.
What to do if you're caught without optics on eclipse day. Low-tech eclipse viewing options from pinhole to binocular projection.
Summer means star parties, and star parties mean fun. Read about my adventures at the annual Cherry Springs and Table Mountain gatherings.
Warm nights and dark skies this summer are ideal for enjoying these classic beauties.
The Sagittarius Teapot is in the south after darkness is complete.
Between the discovery of the new comet ASASSN1 and two stellar explosions, there's a lot happening in the sky this week. Take your telescope out and see what all the excitement's about.
Starry Scorpius is sometimes called "the Orion of Summer" for its brightness and its prominent red supergiant (Antares in the case of Scorpius, Betelgeuse for Orion). Catch Scorpius due south just after dark now. It's full of deep-sky objects for binoculars or a telescope
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.
Russia's first crowd-funded satellite, named Mayak (Russian for "beacon of light"), promises to be the “brightest object in the night sky next to the Moon.”
Mercury is having a poor apparition low in evening twilight this month. But it's bright enough (magnitude –0.2 this evening) that you can pick it up anyway if the air is good and clear.
At opposition this week and as bright as it will be for the next 190 years, it's time to find your way to Pluto, a frigid enigma at the edge of night.
The full Moon is low in the southeast as the stars come out Saturday evening. Look far to the Moon's upper left for Altair, and far to the Moon's upper right for Saturn.
Ah, full Moon. Time to put the telescope away and lead a normal life. Then again, maybe not. Here are 11 things to coax you back out for another look.
Like a lot of stargazers, I often go observing to escape the hassles of life. Serpens Caput, the head of the celestial snake, is a pretty good getaway spot, with a variety of things to see and do. I like to start with the wide not-quite-a-triangle formed by Beta (β), Gamma (γ), Iota (ι), and…
Jupiter and Saturn are easy to spot in the evening sky, as you'll discover in July's fun and informative astronomy podcast.
The Moon forms a broad triangle with Jupiter and Spica in the southwestern sky during twilight and nightfall on July 1, 2017.
Meet Humboldt, a magnificent lunar crater compromised by its life on the edge.
Learn about some of the asterisms in our night sky. From sharks to dogs, hats to rings, these night-sky patterns will have you seeking more.
Learn about solar eclipses in this DIY solar eclipse activity. All you need is a tape measure, a long stick, a small sphere, and a sunny day.
If we ever try to live on the Moon, the best locations will be polar mountains bathed in nearly continuous sunlight.
This is the time of year when the two brightest stars of summer, Arcturus and Vega, are equally high overhead soon after dark: Arcturus in the southwest, Vega toward the east.
We examine the fascinating solar phenomena that anyone with a small scope and safe solar filter can see, whether the Sun's in eclipse or not.
The term "Midsummer's Night" is left over from when the seasons were commonly defined as beginning and ending around the cross-quarter days.
Saturn, considered by many the most beautiful sight in the sky, comes to opposition this week with its rings in full tilt. You won't want to miss it.
For an easy-to-use constellation guide covering the whole evening sky, use the big monthly map in the center of each issue of Sky & Telescope, the essential guide to astronomy.