In our February 2016 issue, Contributing Editor Steve Gottlieb provided some inspiration for observing galaxies in "the far north," or above +85° declination. On a single night at a remote site in the Sierra Nevada range (7,200 feet elevation), he observed 35 circumpolar galaxies, including a few below the +85° cut-off limit. Here, we're...
Astronomers dedicated significant time and resources to studying the planets as deep-space exploration ramped up in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Take advantage of early evenings and dark winter skies — turn your scope southward to view some of the most massive objects in the universe.
Read on for an entertaining (and true) story on the Soviets, the morals of society, and astronomy.
As part of our December 2015 issue’s articles on general relativity and gravitational waves, we’ve compiled some videos to help you grasp both.
The cover story of the October 2015 issue features the conundrum of massive star formation: how do these stars can form at all in the hostile environment they themselves create? Here, you'll find accompanying videos.
An observing guide for the Pegasus Galaxy Groups
Some additional finder aids for "Going Deep" in Delphinus.
What is a solar flare? Flares are spikes in emission from the Sun, energy unleashed (we’re fairly sure) when magnetic field lines suddenly reconnect. Read more about them and watch fascinating videos in this online extra to our November 2015 cover story.
Watch in-depth conversations between Dennis di Cicco and astronomy vendors to find full details on hot new products and featured equipment.
iOptron’s chief engineer Kevin Zou takes Sky & Telescope on a tour of the company’s extensive line of telescope mounts and camera tracking platforms.
Sky Watcher product specialist Kevin LeGore gives an overview of the company’s latest offering of telescopes.
Learn the history of Software Bisque, from its introduction of TheSky planetarium software in the 1980s to its evolution of state-of-the-art robotic telescope mounts.
Thanks to NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, we're about to see Pluto up close for the first time. Here are candid snapshots of the scientists and engineers who'll make it possible.
So when astrologers talk about tides linking us to the planets, they're babbling pathetic woo.
Observers can experience Herschel’s “Night of Discovery,” featured in the April 2015 issue of Sky & Telescope, for themselves. Like the Messier Marathon, the Herschel Sprint can be completed in one moonless night in the spring. Purists can recreate the sweep using an eyepiece that provides a magnification of about 150x, sweeping in a...
S&T contributor Steve Gottlieb has made available data distilled from the Karanchentseva catalogue and his own observations to assist you in your observations of isolated triplets of galaxies.
What's it like to fly on SOFIA — a repurposed Boeing 747 with a huge rectangular hole in its side and a state-of-the-art telescope peering out through it?
Learn how Dennis di Cicco modified a LightBridge Dobsonian reflector to use Tele Vue's new Paracorr coma corrector - and take some spellbinding images!
The WorldWide Telescope (WWT), featured in the April 2015 issue of Sky & Telescope, isn't just another piece of planetarium software. Its incredible breadth and depth of data allow users to explore the universe in an interactive way. Coauthors Curtis Wong (Microsoft Research) and Alyssa Goodman (Harvard University and Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) teamed...
Spotted a goof in the magazine? Check here for a list of known errata in 2015 issues of Sky & Telescope. If you don't see the error you found, send us an e-mail and alert us.
In our March 2015 issue, we ask noted amateur and professional astronomers to highlight the astronomy apps they use most. These are apps that every astronomer should have in their back pocket, ranging from practical planetarium and weather apps, such as Scope Nights and Sky Safari 4, to science guides, such as Exoplanet and...
In the February 2015 issue of Sky & Telescope, author Marcus Woo walks readers through the science of cosmic voids. Here, videos demonstrate a sense of cosmic perspective, taking the reader on flights through the universe both theoretical and observed.
Terry N. Trees show us how to create an ephemeris, a table showing a celestial object's calculated positions for a given time period, using JPL HORIZONS data.
A full season of mutual events for Jupiter's four largest satellites As Jupiter shines brightly down from the sky during its 2014–2015 apparition, quite often Jupiter's four big Galilean moons will occult and cast their shadows on each other. A "mutual events season" like this happens about every 6 years, when Earth and Sun...