Archived Press Releases

Here, in reverse chronological order, are links to past press releases from Sky & Telescope that remain available online.

2014

North America To Have Best View of Saturday Morning’s Possible Meteor Shower
May 20, 2014 | Skywatchers across the United States and Canada are hoping for clear skies before dawn on Saturday, May 24th, when a brand-new meteor shower — called the Camelopardalids — could potentially deliver hundreds of "shooting stars" per hour.

F+W Media Acquires Sky & Telescope
Jan. 23, 2014 | For only the second time in its 73-year history, ownership of Sky & Telescope has changed hands. On January 17th, F+W Media, Inc. acquired New Track Media, LLC, the parent company of Sky & Telescope magazine.

2013

Geminid Meteor Shower to Show Through the Moonlight Friday Night
Dec. 9, 2013 | The annual Geminid meteor shower, one of the best shooting-star displays each year, returns to our skies late this week. Despite interference from moonlight, plenty of bright meteors should still shine through.

Comet ISON Brightening As Its Moment of Truth Nears
Nov. 20, 2013 | Comet ISON is brightening fast just days from its fateful hairpin turn through the broiling skirts of the Sun on November 28th. The comet is now visible as a greenish-white fuzzy "star" in binoculars, low in the east-southeast at the beginning of dawn.

Eastern Seaboard Gets a Partial Solar Eclipse at Sunrise, Nov. 3, 2013
Oct. 29, 2013 | On Sunday morning, early risers in much of eastern North America can witness the Sun rising while it's in the midst of a partial eclipse.

Dramatic Pairing of Crescent Moon and Venus on September 8th
September 3, 2013 | Shortly after sunset on September 8th, a razor-thin crescent Moon hanging just above the western horizon will pair closely with the dazzling planet Venus, the "Evening Star." Two other celestial treats, the planet Saturn and the star Spica, will linger nearby.

Comet ISON Spotted Again, but Faintly
August 19, 2013 | Comet ISON has been hiding behind the Sun since June, but an amateur imager has just recovered it low in the dawn — and the comet hasn't been brightening as much as we hoped.

Naked-eye Nova in Delphinus
August 19, 2013 | A naked-eye nova has appeared in the constellation Delphinus, well-positioned in the evening sky and one of the brightest nova seen in recent years.

Excellent Prospects for August's Perseid Meteors
August 2, 2013 | The annual Perseid meteor shower should peak late Sunday night (August 11-12) and Monday night (August 12-13), when the sky will be free of distracting moonlight.

Watch Three Planets Dancing in the Sunset
May 20, 2013 | In late May 2013, Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury swirl through the tightest naked-eye planet trio the world will see until 2026. The show continues into June.

Long Awaited, Comet PanSTARRS Now Glows in Twilight
March 11, 2013 | More of a speck than a spectacle, Comet PanSTARRS is finally emerging into twilight view for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes. Binoculars help.

Jupiter Dances with the Moon
Jan. 16, 2013 | Jupiter joins the Moon for a spectacularly close pairing in the evening of January 21, 2013.

2012

Geminid Meteor Shower Coming on December 13–14
Dec. 6, 2012 | If it’s clear late Thursday night, December 13th, keep a lookout high overhead for the shooting stars of the Geminid meteor shower.

A “Blue Moon” Heralds the Harvest
Aug. 24, 2012 | On August 31st, a full Moon will rise for the second time this month (the first time was on August 1st). Many people call the second full Moon in a calendar month a "Blue Moon" — but it didn't start out that way.

Perseid Meteors in Their Prime
Aug. 8, 2012 | The most-watched meteor shower of the year happens this weekend. The Perseids will peak late on August 11 through the early hours of August 12.

How to Spot Mars on the Eve of Curiosity's Arrival
Aug. 3, 2012 | See Mars with your unaided eyes just after sunset as Curiosity prepares for its long-awaited landing on the Red Planet. Saturn and the bright star Spica join Mars in the evening sky.

Your Complete Go-To Guide for June's Transit of Venus
May 28, 2012 | On June 5th in North and Central America, and June 6th in Asia, Australia, and most of Europe, the planet Venus will cross in front of the Sun. This will be only the eighth such transit of Venus since the invention of the telescope, and the last one until December 10-11, 2117.

Eclipse of the Sun to Sweep North America on Sunday, May 20th
May 14, 2012 | Most of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will experience a partial eclipse of the Sun this weekend. And, if you happen to be in a swath of land running from Northern California to Texas, you'll also get a very special "ring" eclipse, during which which the Sun's rim forms completely encircles the black silhouette of the Moon.

Venus and Jupiter Dance at Dusk
March 7, 2012 | The two brightest planets have been an eye-catching duo in the western sky after sunset. Week by week they've been gradually sliding closer together — and their celestial performance is about to culminate.

2011

What to See with Your New Telescope:
Expert Tips From Sky & Telescope Magazine

December 29, 2011 | Thousands of telescopes are given and received as gifts during the holidays. But once you've assembled your new treasure, then what? The editors of Sky & Telescope show you where to look first.

Quadrantid Meteors Set to Perform on January 4th
December 29, 2011 | Celestially speaking, 2012 opens with a bang. The Quadrantid meteor shower, one of the best displays of "shooting stars" all year, peaks on the morning of January 4th. If you can get up early and find a dark, clear, wide-open sky, you might see 1 or 2 meteors per minute during the shower's brief but intense peak.

Watch the Dawn Eclipse of the Moon, Dec. 10, 2011
December 6, 2011 | Early risers in western North America can watch the full Moon go through a total eclipse before or during dawn this Saturday morning.

Watch Mini-Asteroid 2005 YU55 Buzz Earth
November 7, 2011 | A quarter-mile-wide asteroid will coast past Earth on the night of November 8–9, shining at 11th or 12th magnitude and providing a rare opportunity to watch its flyby through a backyard telescope — if you know exactly where and when to look. Here's how to find it!

Four Planets Dance Before Dawn
May 6, 2011 | Over the next two weeks, Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter gather dramatically low in the eastern twilight before sunrise.

Sky & Telescope Kicks Off 70th Anniversary with New App
April 19, 2011 | To celebrate its 70th anniversary, Sky & Telescope is releasing a free app, S&T SkyWeek, for Android-based smart phones.

Jupiter and Mercury Pair Up in Twilight, March 13–16, 2011
March 8, 2011 | Two bright planets form an eye-catching pair low in twilight Sunday through Wednesday, March 13 – 16, 2011.

Leif J. Robinson, S&T Editor Emeritus, Dies at 71.
February 28, 2011 | Leif J. Robinson, who served as Sky & Telescope magazine's editor in chief from 1980 to 2000, passed away on February 27, 2011, at his home in Costa Rica.

First Lights: Easy Targets for Your New Telescope
January 7, 2011 | Thousands of telescopes are given and received as gifts during the holidays. But once you've assembled your new treasure, then what? The editors of Sky & Telescope show you where to look first.

2010

Eastern Hemisphere Gets a Solar Eclipse on January 4th
December 30, 2010 | Although it won't be visible from North America, Tuesday's deep partial eclipse of the Sun will be widely observable from Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Watch the Sky-High Lunar Eclipse Late Monday Night
December 17, 2010 | Everyone in North and Central America has a ringside seat, weather permitting, for a total eclipse of the Moon high in the sky on the night of December 20-21, 2010.

Geminid Meteor Shower Due on December 13-14
December 9, 2010 | If it’s clear late on Monday night, December 13th, keep a lookout high overhead for the shooting stars of the Geminid meteor shower.

Jupiter Shines Extra Bright as it Passes Closest By Earth
September 14, 2010 | An eye-grabbing "star" glares in the east to southeast these September evenings (2010), far outshining all others. It's the planet Jupiter, and if you think it's a little brighter than usual, you're right.

Sky & Telescope Releases All Back Issues on DVD
August 16, 2010 | Every step of astronomy since 1941, both professional and amateur, is chronicled in Sky & Telescope. Now the magazine has released all 818 monthly issues — 69,792 pages — from 1941 to 2009 as a boxed set of DVDs. Pages flip as naturally as on paper — and every word is indexed and searchable.

Perseid Meteors Return; Viewing Conditions Excellent!
August 9, 2010 | The annual Perseid meteor shower should peak late Wednesday and especially Thursday night, and this year the sky will be free of moonlight.

Three Planets Gather in August Twilight
August 5, 2010 | Through mid-August, Venus, Mars, and Saturn form a changing triangle in the west that greets skywatchers as twilight fades.

Venus and Mercury Pair Up in Twilight
March 28, 2010 | The two innermost planets form an eye-catching pair in twilight during late March and early April 2010.

2009

Uh-Oh! A "Blue Moon" Ends the 00s
December 29, 2009 | On New Year's Eve, a full Moon will rise for the second time this month (the first time was on December 2nd). Many people call the second full Moon in a calendar month a "Blue Moon" — yet that definition is wrong!

Leonid Meteors To Perform Late Tonight
November 16, 2009 | The Leonid meteor shower peaks near new Moon in 2009, making this a fine year for any meteor lover. Observers in the Americas are ideally placed for the traditional peak, and a brief, unusually intense burst is forecast for Asia.

The Great 2012 Scare — and What You Need To Know
October 17, 2009 | The world won't end on December 21, 2012, but you're probably getting lots of questions about it. Here's the real story.

How to Find Comet Lulin This Week
February 23, 2009 | Comet Lulin is nearest and brightest this week, and it's in a dark, moonless sky. Use our exclusive sky chart to find it with binoculars or a telescope!

2008

New Date for Caesar's British Invasion
June 30, 2008 | In 55 BC, when Julius Caesar and his fleet approached the white cliffs of Dover on the British coast, he faced unexpectedly strong tides. Researchers from Texas State University have used tidal measurements and other astronomical clues to revise the exact date of the historic landing.

Sky & Telescope Appoints Robert P. Naeye Editor-in-Chief
April 29, 2008 | Sky & Telescope magazine, the iconic publisher of astronomy periodicals and books, announced today that it has appointed Robert P. Naeye to the position of Editor-in-Chief, succeeding Richard Tresch Fienberg, PhD, who will retire from the magazine this summer.

A "Prime-Time" Lunar Eclipse
Feb. 15, 2008 | The Moon will dive through Earth's shadow on the night of February 20th for the last time until December 2010.

2007

Tuesday's Total Lunar Eclipse Favors Far West
Aug. 24, 2007 | Night owls and early risers have a chance to see the full Moon go dark before dawn on August 28th.

Perseid Meteors to Peak This Weekend
Aug. 8, 2007 | The Perseid meteor shower, an annual celestial event beloved by millions of skywatchers around the world, returns to the night sky this coming weekend — and the skywatching conditions will be "ideal."

"Blue Moon" to Rise on May 31st
May 29, 2007 | On Thursday evening, May 31st, a full Moon will rise for the second time this month. Many people call the second full Moon in a calendar month a "blue Moon" and use the expression "once in a blue Moon" to mean something that occurs only rarely. While the latter meaning can be traced back centuries, the former definition is much newer — and it's wrong!

Northern Spring Arrives on March 20th
Mar. 16, 2007 | At 8:07 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, March 20th, spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere — astronomically speaking. That's when the Sun, heading north in the sky, passes directly over Earth's equator.

March 3rd's Lunar Eclipse Favors East Coast, Europe
Feb. 26, 2007 | Lucky skywatchers will witness a total lunar eclipse on the evening of March 3, 2007. However, where you live will dictate whether you'll get to enjoy this grand celestial spectacle — or watch the full Moon rise after it's all over.

2006

The Winter Solstice: A Time for the Sun's Rebirth
Dec. 15, 2006 | On Thursday evening, December 21st, at 7:22 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, the Sun will reach its southernmost point in the sky for 2006 and begin its six-month return journey northward.

Leonid Meteor Outburst in the Offing?
Nov. 13, 2006 | Late Saturday night, November 18, 2006, the Leonid meteor shower could produce a spectacular sky show over New York, New England, and eastern Canada.

A Rare Transit of Mercury Occurs on Nov. 8, 2006
Oct. 31, 2006 | Usually you expect to see planets at night. But in broad daylight on Wednesday, November 8th, Mercury will cross the face of the Sun and be visible in silhouette through a telescope with a safe solar filter.

Orionid Meteors to Peak Oct. 20-24, 2006
Oct. 18, 2006 | The Orionid meteor shower isn't one of the year's richest, but it's pretty and produces up to 20 "shooting stars" per hour before dawn.

Perseid Meteors to Peak August 11 and 12, 2006
Aug. 7, 2006 | The Perseid meteor shower, an annual celestial event beloved by millions of skywatchers around the world, returns to the night sky this coming week. But moonlight will interfere somewhat with the view.

Don't Get Snookered by Internet Mars Malarkey
Aug. 7, 2006 | A bogus e-mail chain letter has been circulating around the Internet. It claims that on August 27th Mars will appear brighter than ever in history. The problem is that "August 27th" is actually August 27, 2003.

Sky Publishing Launches New Web Site
Aug. 4, 2006 | Sky Publishing, a New Track Media company and publisher of astronomy periodicals and books, announced today the launch of its new Web site, SkyandTelescope.com.

Big, Bright, Two-Spotted Jupiter Dominates the Evening Sky
May 1, 2006 | Look southeast after dark this month, and you'll see a bright white "star" looking right back at you. This is the planet Jupiter, which on May 3rd is positioned opposite the Sun in our sky and at its nearest to Earth for the year.

April Showers: Lyrid Meteors Peak on the 22nd
Apr. 18, 2006 | The annual Lyrid meteor shower should reach its peak activity late Friday night and early Saturday morning, April 21–22, with almost no interference from moonlight.

Moon to Sweep Through the Pleiades
Mar. 27, 2006 | On Saturday evening, April 1st, anyone in eastern or central North America with clear skies can watch the waxing Moon cover stars in the Pleiades cluster during and after dusk.

An Eclipse of the Sun for Europe, Africa, and Asia
Mar. 20, 2006 | On Wednesday, March 29th, a total eclipse of the Sun will sweep across parts of West and North Africa, Turkey, and Central Asia. The eclipse will be partial across a much wider region.

Celestial Sleuths Unravel Munch's "Missing Moon" Mystery
Mar. 20, 2006 | For a century art historians have wondered why Edvard Munch chose not to depict a celestial reflection in his famous painting Girls on the Pier. Now we know the answer.

Sky Publishing Completes Sale to New Track Media LLC
Feb. 13, 2006 | Sky Publishing announced today that it has completed the sale of its business to New Track Media LLC, making Sky & Telescope magazine the cornerstone of a broad portfolio of consumer enthusiast publications.

See Saturn at Its Best
Jan. 25, 2006 | Right now the ringed planet Saturn is as close and bright as it will get this year, shining like a yellow star in the eastern evening sky and beckoning telescope users worldwide.

2005

Ready for 2006? You'll Have to Wait a Second!
Dec. 20, 2005 | The final minute of 2005 at Greenwich, England, will last 61 seconds rather than the usual 60. An extra "leap second" will keep Earth's rotation in sync with the stars.

Meteors in Moonlight: Geminids Peak on December 13th
Dec. 7, 2005 | This year's Geminid meteor shower peaks on the night of December 13-14. Here's some advice on how, when, and where to look for "shooting stars."

Telescope-Buying Tips for the Holiday Season
Dec. 2, 2005 | Telescopes are popular holiday gifts. But buyer beware: A telescope should not be bought on impulse. If you get one that can't be aimed or focused, it'll collect more dust than starlight.

Mars Looms Big and Bright as It Swings Close to Earth
Oct. 18, 2005 | The bright, fiery yellow "star" dominating the eastern sky these evenings is the planet Mars, and it's passing unusually close to Earth during late October and early November.

Earth's Shadow to Dent the Moon on October 17th
Oct. 11, 2005 | The full Moon will undergo a partial eclipse on Monday morning, October 17th, for observers in western North America and around the Pacific.

Kelly Beatty Honored for Service to Planetary Science
Sept. 7, 2005 | J. Kelly Beatty, editor of Night Sky magazine and executive editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, has received a prestigious award from the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences.

Don't Get Snookered by Mars Malarkey
Aug. 23, 2005 | An Internet chain letter has people thinking that on August 27th the planet Mars will appear brighter than ever in history and "as large as the full Moon to the naked eye." Hogwash!

Astronomers Date Ansel Adams's Autumn Moon
Aug. 22, 2005 | In the October issue of Sky & Telescope, astronomical sleuths in Texas explain how they figured out exactly when the famed photographer captured a lovely moonrise in Yosemite National Park.

Watch the Two Brightest Planets Kiss in Twilight
Aug. 19, 2005 | Anyone who looks low in the west-southwest early on a clear evening for the next couple weeks will see Venus and Jupiter forming a spectacular close pairing.

Perseid Meteors to Peak August 11-13, 2005
Aug. 4, 2005 | The most familiar annual meteor shower — which happens during vacation season for many people — should reach its 2005 peak on Thursday and Friday nights, August 11–12 and 12–13, in a moonless sky.

How to See NASA's Comet Crash in the Sky
June 28, 2005 | On Sunday night, July 3rd, NASA's Deep Impact probe will slam into the icy nucleus of Comet Tempel 1. It's likely nothing of this event will be visible to the unaided eye, but telescope and binocular users may see the comet brighten after the impact.

Three Planets Bunch Up in Twilight
June 17, 2005 | Gaze low to the west into the deepening twilight for the next couple of weeks, and you can watch three planets go through their celestial gyrations as they shift position day by day.

Moon to Take a Bite Out of the Sun on April 8th
Apr. 1, 2005 | Solar eclipses are grand cosmic events that no nature-watcher wants to miss — and an opportunity to see one will occur for most of the southern United States on Friday afternoon, April 8th.

Spring Begins with Equinox on March 20th
Mar. 15, 2005 | At 7:33 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, March 20th, spring begins in Earth's Northern Hemisphere — astronomically speaking. That's when the Sun passes over Earth's equator heading north.

Moon to Uncover a Bright Star
Feb. 25, 2005 | On Thursday morning, March 3rd, early risers across much of North America have a chance to see the last-quarter Moon pass in front of the bright orange-red star Antares.

Get a "Ringside Seat" for Saturn Spectacular
Jan. 6, 2005 | Observing Saturn in a telescope is fascinating any time, but the view will take on extra significance on January 14th, when the Huygens probe will plunge into the dense atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's largest moon.

A Winter Comet Glows in the Evening Sky
Jan. 3, 2005 | Comet Machholz is glowing high up among the sparkling winter stars as seen from North America and Europe. It's an easy catch in binoculars even from light-polluted cities.

2004

The Winter Solstice and the Sun's Rebirth
Dec. 16, 2004 | On Tuesday morning, December 21st, the Sun reaches its southernmost point in the sky for 2004, marking the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

Planet Parade & Geminid Meteors Come in Mid-December
Dec. 7, 2004 | A rare configuration of planets is followed by the annual Geminid meteor shower on the night of December 13–14. Here's some advice on how, when, and where to look for "shooting stars."

Dawn Displays to Light November Skies
Nov. 1, 2004 | Venus, Jupiter, and the crescent Moon put on a grand show at dawn in early November, followed closely by the annual Leonid meteor shower on the morning of the 17th.

Total Lunar Eclipse to Occur on the Night of Oct. 27th
Oct. 22, 2004 | On Wednesday night, October 27–28, the full Moon will slide into Earth's shadow. The event is beautifully timed and placed for skywatchers in the Americas.

Fall Begins with Equinox on September 22nd
Sept. 16, 2004 | At 12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, September 22nd, fall begins in Earth's Northern Hemisphere — astronomically speaking. That's when the Sun passes over Earth's equator heading south.

Sky & Telescope to Publish Australian Edition
Sept. 8, 2004 | Sky & Telescope, the most respected astronomy magazine in the world, has joined forces with Sydney-based Paragon Media to launch an Australian edition.

Perseid Meteors to Peak Late on the Night of August 11th
Aug. 5, 2004 | The Perseid meteor shower, an annual celestial event beloved by millions of skywatchers around the world, returns to the night sky this coming week.

Blue Moon to Rise on July 31st
July 27, 2004 | On Saturday evening a full Moon will rise for the second time this month. Many people call the second full Moon in a calendar month a "blue Moon" — but strictly speaking, they're wrong!

Astronomers Unravel Marathon Mystery
July 19, 2004 | Runners at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, will retrace one of the most famous runs in history. But when did the Battle of Marathon and the ensuing race really occur?

Solstice Signals a New Season
June 16, 2004 | On Sunday evening, June 20th, the Sun reaches its northernmost point in the sky for the year, marking the official beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Venus to "Eclipse" Sun for First Time in 122 Years
May 24, 2004 | On Tuesday morning, June 8th, the planet Venus will pass directly across the face of the Sun. It's an astronomical event so rare that no one now alive has ever seen one.

Two Comets to Glow in the Spring Sky
Apr. 27, 2004 | Comets NEAT and LINEAR are heading into springtime view. Both could reach naked-eye visibility for observers in North America and Europe.

Sky & Telescope Launches Wireless Sky Chart
Apr. 21, 2004 | The world's leading astronomy magazine has introduced a sky-chart application for mobile phones. It delivers heavenly simulations of the night sky to the latest color handsets.

Night Sky Magazine Is a Rising Star on Newsstands
Apr. 13, 2004 | Appearing on newsstands and specialty retail shelves nationwide today, Night Sky magazine is already striking a chord with novice stargazers, judging by early reactions from subscribers.

Five Planets Put On a Twilight Sky Show
Mar. 18, 2004 | For the next couple weeks, the Moon and all five naked-eye planets shine at once during dusk, forming striking combinations in the early-evening sky.

Spring Begins on March 20th...or Is It the 19th?
Mar. 15, 2004 | The coming of spring in 2004 will pose a bit of a quandary for weather announcers and others in the news media. Does it happen on March 19th or 20th?

Sky & Telescope Magazine Unveils New Design and Enhanced Editorial Content
Mar. 15, 2004 | With its May 2004 issue, now in the mail to subscribers, Sky & Telescope has a new look and some new monthly departments and columns.

Venus and the Crescent Moon Rendezvous
Feb. 17, 2004 | On Monday evening, February 23rd, stargazers will be treated to a very pretty sight as brilliant Venus, the "Evening Star," blazes just to the right of the thin crescent Moon.

New Magazine for Beginning Stargazers Makes Astronomy Fun and Easy!
Jan. 12, 2004 | The marketplace of astronomy information is about to be transformed by the debut of a magazine unlike any now available. Night Sky, which hits newsstands nationwide on April 13th, is designed especially for entry-level stargazers.

2003

First Lights: Saturn & Other Sky Sights for the New Year
Dec. 29, 2003 | Every holiday season thousands of new telescopes are received as gifts. But what to look at? This winter two giant planets beckon: Saturn (which is closest and brightest on New Year's Eve) and Jupiter. Here's how to find them, and what you can expect to see.

A New Season and a Special Astronomical Treat
Dec. 16, 2003 | Winter begins in the Northern Hemisphere when the Sun reaches the solstice on Sunday night/Monday morning December 21/22. And three days later, at dusk on Christmas Day, brilliant Venus will shine just to the right of a lovely crescent Moon.

Astronomical Sleuths Link Krakatoa to Edvard Munch's Painting The Scream
Dec. 9, 2003 | A new analysis uncovers the exact location where Edvard Munch and his friends were walking when the artist saw the blood-red sky depicted in his 1893 painting, as well as an explanation of why the sky appeared to be on fire.

Eclipse Flight over Antarctica
Nov. 20, 2003 | On Sunday, November 23rd, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible from a narrow track across Antarctica. We'll intercept totality at 38,000 feet aboard a chartered jetliner. (Updated Nov. 24th with a first report and images!)

Night Sky Magazine to Be Launched Next Spring
Nov. 7, 2003 | Sky Publishing, known worldwide for its award-winning monthly, Sky & Telescope, announces the coming launch of Night Sky, a new bimonthly magazine for beginning stargazers.

The November 8th Total Eclipse of the Moon
Oct. 24, 2003 | On Saturday night, November 8–9, the full Moon will pass through Earth's shadow for skywatchers throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, and in parts of Asia.

Earth Passes Milestone as Fall Begins September 23rd
Sept. 16, 2003 | At 6:47 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, September 23rd, fall begins in Earth's Northern Hemisphere — astronomically speaking. That's when the Sun passes over Earth's equator heading south.

Mars Looms Big & Bright as It Nears Record-Breaking Close Approach
Aug. 5, 2003 | Late in August the planet Mars will pass closer to Earth than it has done in nearly 60,000 years. Already Mars is blazing fiery yellow-orange in the evening sky.

Sky & Telescope's Beautiful Universe
July 1, 2003 | The cosmos is captured and displayed in all its glory in our special pictorial issue, which goes on sale at newsstands on November 18th.

Celestial Sleuths Reveal Exact Date van Gogh Painted Moonrise
June 2, 2003 | Using cosmic calculations and good old deductive reasoning, astronomers provide the answer to a puzzle art historians have been trying to solve for years: the exact moment depicted in Vincent van Gogh's painting Moonrise.

Red Moon Rising: May 15th's Total Lunar Eclipse
May 7, 2003 | For the first time in three years, North Americans will be able to watch the Moon's dramatic disappearing act.

May Brings an Astronomical Bonanza
April 29, 2003 | Astronomically speaking, May is bustin' out all over! Highlights include a lunar eclipse, a solar eclipse, the passage of the planet Mercury in front of the Sun, and the 30th annual celebration of Astronomy Day.

Spring Begins on March 20th...But Why?
March 12, 2003 | The long, cold, snow-laden winter of 2002-03 officially comes to an end at exactly 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, March 20th — the moment of the March equinox.

2002

First Lights: What to See with Your New Telescope
Dec. 26, 2002 | Every holiday season thousands of new telescopes are received as gifts. But what to look at? This winter the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn beckon. Here's how to find them, and what you can expect to see.

December Solstice Signals the Start of a New Season
Dec. 16, 2002 | On December 21st, at 8:14 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, the Sun will reach its southernmost point in the sky for the year. This moment marks the December solstice, the official beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

Geminid Meteors Sweeping Toward Earth
Dec. 10, 2002 | Expect to see a meteor every few minutes on the night and early morning of December 13–14. Here's some advice on how, when, and where to look.

Sky & Telescope Launches German Edition
Nov. 21, 2002 | Astronomie Heute (Astronomy Today), the German edition of the world's most respected astronomy magazine, will be published bimonthly starting in February 2003.

Telescope-Buying Tips for the Gift-Giving Season
Nov. 18, 2002 | Telescopes are popular holiday gifts. But buyer beware: a telescope should not be bought on impulse. If you get one that can't be aimed or focused, it'll collect more dust than starlight.

Leonid Meteor Spectacle Coming Back Soon
Nov. 1, 2002 | After putting on spectacular performances for the last four years, the Leonid meteor shower is due to sweep across Earth again during the early-morning hours of Tuesday, November 19th.

Dark-Sky Advocates to Push for Nationwide Lighting Reforms
Oct. 23, 2002 | Astronomers, policymakers, and lighting specialists will gather in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 25–26 for the fall 2002 meeting of the International Dark-Sky Association. They'll take aim at the ubiquitous pall of urban skyglow known as "light pollution," its effects on our health and our society, and what can be done to halt and reverse its spread.

Harvest Moon Arrives on September 21st
Sept. 16, 2002 | The Harvest Moon is the full Moon closest to the autumn equinox, which occurs this year on September 22-23. But what makes this full Moon so special?

Fall Begins on September 22nd...or Is It the 23rd?
Sept. 13, 2002 | The beginning of fall this year will pose a bit of a quandary for weather announcers and others in the news media. Autumn starts on September 22nd or 23rd, depending on what time zone you’re in.

Perseid Meteors to Peak on August 12th
Aug. 8, 2002 | The annual Perseid meteor shower — one of the year's best — peaks in a moonless sky on Monday, August 12th, with European and North American observers positioned for the best show.

Celestial Anniversary of the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis
July 25, 2002 | On July 29, 1945, a Japanese submarine torpedoed the USS Indianapolis after sighting it in moonlight in the Philippine Sea. The astronomical scene repeats on July 29, 2002.

The Sun Gets a "Moon Bite" on June 10th
June 6, 2002 | Skywatchers west of the Mississippi River will see the Moon slide across the face of the Sun — covering more than half of it from many locations.

Venus and Jupiter Form a Dazzling Duo
May 31, 2002 | Even the most casual skywatchers will be captivated by a close pairing of the two brightest planets after sunset in early June.

Dance of the Planets Reaches Crescendo
May 2, 2002 | During the first half of May all five naked-eye planets — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn — are well placed for viewing in the western twilight sky about an hour after sunset.

Planets Dance for Annual Astronomy Celebration
Apr. 12, 2002 | The five naked-eye planets have gathered in the western sky after sunset — just in time for "Astronomy Day" on April 20th.

Bright Comet Meets Bright Galaxy
Apr. 1, 2002 | Comet Ikeya-Zhang, now visible in the evening sky, skirts near the famous Andromeda Galaxy on April 4th.

A Bright Comet Returns — 341 Years Later
Mar. 7, 2002 | A new comet spotted on February 1st by two backyard skywatchers should be easy to see throughout March and April.

Moon to Cover Saturn on February 20th
Feb. 19, 2002 | The Moon sweeps across the ringed planet Saturn on Wednesday, February 20th, for skygazers in North America. The event occurs in early-evening darkness in the Northeast.

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