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

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...

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...

Path of asteroid 2005 YU55

Watch Mini-Asteroid 2005 YU55 Buzz Earth

Contacts: Alan MacRobert, Senior Editor     617-864-7360 x2151, macrobert@SkyandTelescope.com J. Kelly Beatty, Senior Contributing Editor     617-416-9991, jkellybeatty@comcast.net Note to Editors/Producers: This release is accompanied by high-quality illustrations; see end of release. Earth is about to be visited by the largest close-approaching asteroid on record. Known as 2005 YU55, it is about a quarter mile (400...

SkyWeek app

Sky & Telescope Kicks Off 70th Anniversary with Free App

Contacts: Robert Naeye, Editor in Chief     617-864-7360 x2144, rnaeye@SkyandTelescope.com Sky & Telescope magazine is releasing a new application for all Android mobile devices, S&T SkyWeek, and the publisher is making the app available to all users for free. "We thought it would be the perfect way to celebrate Sky & Telescope's 70th-anniversary year to...

Jupiter and the Moon in January 2011

First Lights: Easy Targets for Your New Telescope

January 7, 2011 Contacts: Alan M. MacRobert, Senior Editor   617-864-7360 x2151, amacrobert@SkyandTelescope.com Tony Flanders, Associate Editor   617-864-7360 x2173, tflanders@SkyandTelescope.com Note to Editors/Producers: This release is accompanied by publication-quality graphics; see details at end. Every holiday season, hundreds of thousands of shiny new telescopes are given to good girls and boys (and moms and dads)...

Pinole projection

Eastern Hemisphere Gets Solar Eclipse on January 4th

December 30, 2010 Contacts: Alan M. MacRobert, Senior Editor   617-864-7360 x2151, amacrobert@SkyandTelescope.com J. Kelly Beatty, Senior Contributing Editor   617-416-9991, jkellybeatty@comcast.net Note to Editors/Producers: This release is accompanied by publication-quality graphics; see details at end. In the afterglow of fireworks celebrating the New Year, on January 4th millions of people throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia...

You actually won't see several at once!

Perseid Meteors Return; Viewing Conditions Excellent!

August 9, 2010 Contact: Alan MacRobert, Senior Editor, Sky & Telescope   617-864-7360 x2151, amacrobert@SkyandTelescope.com Note to editors/producers: With this release are two publication-quality images; click on the small versions below. For audio files of brief sound bites and a longer audio explanation of the meteor shower, as well as a video animation, see the...

Calendar of "Blue Moons" 1999-2020

Uh-Oh! A “Blue Moon” Ends the OOs

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" — but it didn't start out that way.