Press Releases

When a special skywatching event occurs or a particularly news-worthy article appears in Sky & Telescope magazine, we post a press release here. Most releases are also sent out via e-mail by the American Astronomical Society’s press officer, Richard Feinberg; freelance science journalists and accredited members of the media may contact the AAS to sign up for this service.

Below you may explore archived articles covering rare conjunctions to comets to meteor showers. Recently, comet ISON put everyone in a tizzy and the editors at S&T covered it with fervor.

If you choose to reference one of our press releases, please credit us and, if appropriate, include a link to SkyandTelescope.com

See the Brightest Mars in Six Years

Contact: Alan MacRobert, Senior Editor     617-864-7360 x2151, macrobert@SkyandTelescope.com Note to Editors/Producers: This release is accompanied by high-quality graphics; see the end of this release. This month we’re closer to Mars than Earth has come for almost 6½ years. The Red Planet appears brighter and bigger in the evening sky than it has since December...

Geminid Meteor Shower to Show Through the Moonlight Friday Night

December 9, 2013 Contact: Alan MacRobert, Senior Editor, Sky & Telescope 617-864-7360 x2151, amacrobert@skyandtelescope.com Tony Flanders, Associate Editor, Sky & Telescope 617-864-7360 x2173, tflanders@skyandtelescope.com The annual Geminid meteor shower, one of the best shooting-star displays each year, returns to our skies late this week. Skygazers and nature enthusiasts throughout the Northern Hemisphere will be...

Crescent Moon and Venus on Sept. 8th

Dramatic Pairing of Crescent Moon and Venus on September 8th

September 3, 2013 Contact: Tony Flanders, Associate Editor, Sky & Telescope   617-864-7360 x2173, tflanders@SkyandTelescope.com Alan MacRobert, Senior Editor, Sky & Telescope   617-864-7360 x2151, amacrobert@SkyandTelescope.com Note to editors/producers: Two publication-quality illustrations are available; click on the thumbnails below. If images don't appear, add ?1=1 to the URL and refresh. Soon after the Sun dips below...

You actually won't see several at once!

Excellent Prospects for August’s Perseid Meteors

August 2, 2013 Contact: Alan MacRobert, Senior Editor, Sky & Telescope   617-864-7360 x2151, amacrobert@SkyandTelescope.com Kelly Beatty, Senior Contributing Editor, Sky & Telescope   617-416-9991, jkellybeatty@comcast.net Note to editors/producers: Two publication-quality images are available; click on the thumbnails below. Sound bites and a longer audio feature about this meteor shower, as well as a video animation...

Naked-eye Nova in Delphinus

August 19, 2013 Contact: Arne Henden, Director, AAVSO 617-354-0484 arne_at_aavso.org Tony Flanders, Associate Editor, Sky & Telescope 617-864-7360 x2173, tflanders_at_skyandtelescope.com Note to editors/producers: Publication-quality sky charts are available for download below. Please credit Sky & Telescope. Last Wednesday a white-dwarf star erupted in the constellation Delphinus, producing the brightest nova since 2007. Currently shining...

Comet ISON Spotted Again, but Faintly

August 19, 2013 Contact: Dennis di Cicco, Senior Editor, Sky & Telescope   617-864-7360 x2142, ddicicco_at_skyandtelescope.com Robert Naeye, Editor in Chief, Sky & Telescope   617-864-7360 x2144, rnaeye_at_skyandtelescope.com More information and updates about Comet ISON are available at http://skypub.com/ison. Since the discovery of Comet ISON in September 2012, astronomers worldwide have eagerly anticipated its peak performance...

Partial and annular solar eclipse

Your Complete Go-To Guide for June’s Transit of Venus

Contact: Alan M. MacRobert, Senior Editor   617-758-0245, amacrobert@SkyandTelescope.com Tony Flanders, Associate Editor   617-758-0241, tflanders@skyandtelescope.com Note to Editors/Producers: We have provided web-resolution and high-resolution images for the transit of Venus. S&T: Your Complete Go-To Guide for June's Transit of Venus On June 5th in North and Central America, and June 6th in Asia, Australia, and...

You actually won't see several at once!

Perseid Meteors in Their Prime

Contact: Alan M. MacRobert, Senior Editor   617-758-0245, amacrobert@SkyandTelescope.com The Perseid meteors should put on the peak of their yearly display late this Saturday night and early Sunday morning (August 11-12, 2012). “December's Geminids often outperform them by a bit,” says Alan MacRobert, a senior editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, “but the Perseids are...

Mars, Saturn, and Spica in August

How to Spot Mars on the Eve of Curiosity’s Arrival

Contact: Alan M. MacRobert, Senior Editor   617-758-0245, amacrobert@SkyandTelescope.com Note to Editors/Producers: This release is accompanied by a publication-quality graphic; see details at end. NASA's Curiosity lander will finally land on Mars around 1:31 a.m. EDT on August 6th, after cruising across 350 million miles of interplanetary space over 8½ months. This event is all...

Partial and annular solar eclipse

Partial — and Annular — Eclipse of the Sun
to Sweep North America Sunday, May 20th

May 14, 2012 Contact: Alan M. MacRobert, Senior Editor   617-864-7360 x2151, amacrobert@SkyandTelescope.com Note to Editors/Producers: Click on the images below for publication-quality versions. People with clear skies across most of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will experience a partial eclipse of the Sun late this Sunday afternoon (May 20, 2012). Only those near the...

What to See With Your New Telescope:
Expert Tips from Sky & Telescope Magazine

December 29, 2011 Contact: Alan M. MacRobert, Senior Editor   617-864-7360 x2151, amacrobert@SkyandTelescope.com Note to Editors/Producers: This release is accompanied by publication-quality graphics; see details at end. As the gift-giving season comes to an end, maybe now you've got a shiny new telescope to call your own. Congratulations — you're on your way to discovering...

Quadrantid meteor finder chart

Quadrantid Meteors Set to Perform on January 4th

December 30, 2011 Contact: Alan M. MacRobert, Senior Editor   617-864-7360 x2151, amacrobert@SkyandTelescope.com Note to Editors/Producers: This release is accompanied by publication-quality graphics; see details at end. Celestially speaking, 2012 opens with a bang. The Quadrantid meteor shower, one of the best displays of "shooting stars" all year, will peak in the hours before dawn...