Try this easy technique to roughly polar-align your telescope mount during the day using your smartphone and a planetarium app.
The story of Steve, the mysterious pink-ribbon aurora, shows how citizen scientists are making important contributions to research and discovery.
Astrophotographer John Goldsmith chronicles his travels during Comet Hale-Bopp's famous apparition 20 years ago. His images capture what ancients might have seen 4,200+ years before.
A solar eclipse provided the perfect teachable moment in Angola, as students learned about the real sizes and distances of Earth, the Moon, and the Sun.
A lucky group of Canadian observers got to witness remarkable events as the Moon slid past Aldebaran on the night of March 4th.
By tapping into some little-know settings, you can make your iPhone use a red screen all the time at night and preserve your dark adaptation.
Still active today, the Association of Lunar & Planetary Observers and its journal got their start on March 1, 1947.
The Astronomical League, one of amateur astronomy's best institutional resources, has awarded more than 10,000 observing certificates since 1967.
Here's a great free download that uses a deck of playing cards to introduce you to the night's sky's constellations in a fun, entertaining way.
From humble beginnings in 2008, a simple idea — equipping libraries with loaner telescopes — has caught on across the United States.
"Name a star" businesses are approaching their holiday peak. But since personal star names won't be formally recognized anyway, you might as well do it for free.
If you're interested in how celestial objects reveal themselves simply by analyzing their light, you'll enjoy this free online international journal.
Inspired by a project featured in Sky & Telescope, Richard Clements and the Barnard Astronomical Society constructed a Star Walk in Harrison Bay State Park, Tennessee.
To help maintain the beautifully dark skies over Maine's Acadia National Park, this Master's thesis analyzed how the region's economy and other policy issues would be affected by stricter lighting regulations.
Amateur astronomers worked together with the pros in the discovery of the pulsing white dwarf in the variable system known as AR Scorpii. Hear from Josch Hambsch, one of the amateurs on the team, on what it was like to take part.
I turned my town into a model of the Milky Way Galaxy for my high school astronomy project.
Why, and how, you should sketch your observations through a telescope.
Here's an update on an amateur astronomer's amazing effort to prove that Einstein really was right during next year's total solar eclipse.
Wondering what to look at in the night sky with your binoculars? Start with this binocular stargazing catalog with 150 bright, deep-sky objects.
Among globular clusters, the immense Omega Centauri is widely regarded as the most impressive in the sky. Its deep southern location makes this object challenging to spot — but it can be done, as Italian observer Giuseppe Pappa explains.
Dominick Rowan, a senior in the Science Research program at Byram Hills High School in New York, helped discover a Jupiter-mass exoplanet in a 6.5-year orbit around its star and calculate the frequency of Jupiter analogs in other systems.
Amateur astronomer Phillip Kane gives some advice on organizing "your" observing experts to assist you at the eyepiece.
Scientists at the Magellan Telescope grabbed the opportunity to observe crystal clear stars with one of the world's most sophisticated optics systems.
Amateur observers helped reveal a rare eclipse of a close stellar pair known as b Persei by a third companion star.
It’s time to get away from all those city lights and gather together to share in the secrets of the universe.