Beyond the Printed Page

You’ll find here the digital extras that accompany our feature articles, including interviews with world-renowned experts, simulations of the newest astronomical theories, and extensive image galleries. Go beyond the printed page to explore the multimedia world of science discovery and community interaction.

Don’t know where to start? Here are some suggestions: After reading about the role of citizen science in astronomy in the March 2014 cover story, check out Meg Lamb’s online article about two of the newest Zooniverse programs looking for your participation: Space Warps and Planet Four. Or watch simulations of the unfolding universe that accompanied Joel Primack’s July 2012 cover story on the newest cosmology results. And don’t miss editor in chief Robert Naeye’s exclusive interview with exoplanet expert and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Sara Seager (MIT).

Minkowski Planetary Nebulae

Looking for an observing challenge? An expert observer offers advice for exploring the Minkowski catalog of planetary nebulae. German-American astronomer Rudolph Minkowski was best known for his spectroscopic work on supernovae. But he was also interested in "gaseous nebulae," and in the 1940s, created a catalog of planetary nebulae he'd identified with the 60-...

Hercules Galaxy Cluster: Going Deep

In the Going Deep column in the July 2016 issue Sky & Telescope Contributing Editor Steve Gottlieb shared his expert knowledge, gathered through multiple observing sessions and outside research, of the Hercules Galaxy Cluster, cataloged as Abell 2151. The central 18' × 6' region, called Abell 2151C, is the richest region of the cluster...

Title page of C. E. Barns's 1001 Celestial Wonders, 1931 edition.

More from C. E. Barnes’s 1001 Celestial Wonders

In the July 2016 Sky & Telescope, Jim Mullaney presents "A Forgotten Observing Classic": the story of Charles Edward Barns and his delightful 1927 amateur-astronomy guide 1001 Celestial Wonders as Observed with Home-Built Instruments. Today Barns's reputation, to the extent that the amateur community knows of him at all, stems from his colorful and...

Trifid Nebula sketch

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.

M81 — cool, too.

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...

NGC 3172 by David Ratledge

Circumpolar Galaxies

On a single night at a remote site, Contributing Editor Steve Gottlieb observed 35 circumpolar galaxies. Here we're providing a complete list of those 35 galaxies,

Elliptical Galaxy IC 2006

Monster Galaxies

Take advantage of early evenings and dark winter skies — turn your scope southward to view some of the most massive objects in the universe.

NGC 4921

The Herschel Sprint

Experience Herschel’s “Night of Discovery” for yourself! Follow this guide to recreating William Herschel's amazing night covering 73 deep-sky delights.