Mars shines low in the southeast at nightfall, closer to Earth than it has been since November 2005. A Sky & Telescope press release.
North Americans with telescopes will be able to spot Mercury's silhouette as the innermost planet crosses the Sun's disk on May 9th for the first time since 2006. Those without telescopes can view the event using Sky & Telescope's exclusive webcast.
A nearby comet is moving into view for Northern Hemisphere skywatchers. Despite bright moonlight nearby, you can try to spot it with binoculars and Sky & Telescope's exclusive finder chart.
During the next two weeks, for the first time in 11 years, you can see all of the naked-eye planets — from Mercury to Saturn — together in the predawn sky.
If it’s clear this coming Sunday and Monday nights, keep a lookout high overhead for the "shooting stars" of the Geminid meteor shower.
A total lunar eclipse occurs in prime time for U.S. skywatchers on Sunday night, September 27th. Sky & Telescope is providing a professionally produced, HD webcast of the entire event.
Everything's lining up beautifully for the last total eclipse of the Moon until 2018. Make your plans for Sunday evening (Sept. 27, 2015).
Sky & Telescope magazine predicts that the Perseid shower will be at its peak late on Wednesday night (late on August 12th and early morning on the 13th).
After gradually draw closer for weeks, Venus and Jupiter culminate their celestial dance with a dramatically close pairing — just 1⁄3° apart — in the western sky after sunset on Tuesday, June 30th.
Each night during late June the two brightest planets are gliding closer together in the early evening sky. They're joined by a crescent Moon on June 19–20 and culminate with an ultra-close pairing on June 30th.
Before sunrise on Saturday, April 4th, the Moon skims just inside Earth's deepest shadow during a total eclipse that last only about 12 minutes. Circumstances favor locations in western North America and across the Pacific.
On February 21st, Venus and Mars, Earth's two closest planetary neighbors, will pair tightly in the evening sky.
With a small telescope and good sky charts, you can watch a sizable near-Earth asteroid glide among the stars on the night of January 26–27.
An icy visitor from the solar system's outer fringe is gliding into view in the evening sky.
If it’s clear this weekend, late on the nights of December 13th and 14th, keep a lookout high overhead for the "shooting stars" of the Geminid meteor shower.
Two weeks after seeing a total lunar eclipse in the wee hours of October 8th, skywatchers across North America get to witness (weather permitting) a partial solar eclipse on October 23rd.
Peter Tyson, formerly Editor in Chief of NOVA Online, has been appointed Editor in Chief of Sky & Telescope, with responsibility for the brand’s print, digital, and video products.
For the second time this year, North Americans will have an opportunity to see a total lunar eclipse. But you'll need to be a night owl or early riser: the full Moon passes through the dark inner part of Earth's shadow well after midnight.
If you rise before dawn on Monday, August 18th, you'll be rewarded with the sight of the closest planet pairing of the year — and not just any planets, but the two brightest ones: Venus and Jupiter.
The Perseid meteor shower, an annual celestial event beloved by millions of skywatchers around the world, is returning to the night sky for 2014 But this year it will compete with bright moonlight for visibility.
Skywatchers across North America are hoping for clear skies after midnight on Saturday morning, May 24th, when a new meteor shower could deliver hundreds of "shooting stars" per hour.
Night-owls and early risers across North America can watch the full Moon go through a total eclipse in the early hours of Tuesday, April 15th.
This month the Red Planet appears brighter and bigger in the evening sky than it has since December 2007.
Bright Regulus will disappear behind a faint asteroid for several seconds very late next Wednesday night for skywatchers in the New York City region and points north.
The annual Geminid meteor shower, one of the best shooting-star displays each year, returns to our skies late this week.