Sky & Telescope Magazine

Take a peek inside the issues of Sky & Telescope magazine and explore the digital extras that accompany our columns and feature articles. Come see what’s in the latest issue, and if you like what you see, subscribe!

Sky & Telescope is the essential guide to astronomy, showcasing each month a wide array of celestial events and astronomy news. Our online table of contents give you an overview of what each issue offers: the magic of the night sky, groundbreaking astronomy research, visual observing challenges, and astrophotography advice. Many of our articles are enhanced with “beyond the printed page” extras, including movies, simulations, and image galleries, and you’ll find those here as well.

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Inside the September 2016 Issue

The minute distortions of weak gravitational lensing may hold the key to dark matter and dark energy, Big Data promises — and threatens — to overrun astronomy, and videography just got a whole lot easier. Read more in the September issue of Sky & Telescope.

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Hercules Galaxy Cluster: Going Deep

To aid your observing endeavor, Contributing Editor Steve Gottlieb has provided an expanded table of galaxies, with their position angles, visual magnitudes, size, and positions.

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Top 10 Things I Wasn’t Expecting in Iceland

This coming October 2-8, 2016, in concert with Spears Travel, S&T will run its 4th annual trip to Iceland to witness the famed northern lights. For details, see the full itinerary. If you’re already set to book it, do so here. When I joined Sky & Telescope's 3rd annual trip to Iceland last October, I…

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The Trifid Nebula

Here's some further reading on the stages of star formation visible in the Trifid Nebula, subject of the May 2016 issue's Going Deep column.

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Inside the April 2016 Issue

PURCHASE PRINT ISSUE | PURCHASE DIGITAL ISSUE | PURCHASE BACK ISSUES | SUBSCRIBE Our Mysterious Moon, Galaxies Galore, and Maximal Mars A familiar face greets us at every full Moon, but the far side we never see reveals just how much we don't know. At the dawn of the Space Age, our celestial neighbor showed…

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Two Cool Galaxies: M81 and M82

How many details can you see when you take a look at galaxies M81 and M82? On October 13, 2015, Contributing Editor Howard Banich experienced a spectacular morning of observing at Steens Mountain in southeastern Oregon. With fantastic transparency and increasingly good seeing, he was able to view M82 as he'd never seen it before.…

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Inside the March 2016 Issue

PURCHASE PRINT ISSUE | PURCHASE DIGITAL ISSUE | PURCHASE BACK ISSUES | SUBSCRIBE Jupiter's Incredible Shrinking Spot As Jupiter approaches opposition on March 8, 2016, there's plenty to look for in the king of planets. Our monthly columns highlight moon events, bands, spots, and far more. Among all of Jupiter's splendors, the Big Red Spot…