Sky & Telescope Magazine

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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.

Planck temperature map of universe

What’s Next for Inflation Cosmology – New Updates

Our July 2014 cover story was the apparent discovery of gravitational waves from the instant of inflation when the Big Bang took shape. Just as the article was printed, a serious challenge to the discovery appeared: the researchers had underestimated the amount of interstellar dust that could be contaminating their data. Here are more...


Inside the November 2014 Issue

PURCHASE PRINT ISSUE | PURCHASE DIGITAL ISSUE | DOWNLOAD BACK ISSUES | SUBSCRIBE Solar Eclipses and the Shrouds of Dead Stars Planetary nebulae are some of the most marvelous observing sights in the night sky. But what creates their strange, varied shapes? Contributing editor Robert Zimmerman explores the still-mysterious origins of these gaseous sculptures...


Inside the October 2014 Issue

PURCHASE PRINT ISSUE | PURCHASE DIGITAL ISSUE | DOWNLOAD BACK ISSUES | SUBSCRIBE Sizing Up Galactic Titans The Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies dominate the small neighborhood of galaxies they live in, a cluster called the Local Group. But how do they stack up with each other? Astronomer Michael Rich takes us on a...


Inside the September 2014 Issue

PURCHASE PRINT ISSUE | PURCHASE DIGITAL ISSUE | DOWNLOAD BACK ISSUES | SUBSCRIBE Martian Mysteries and Reliving History How did Mars lose its rich atmosphere and planet-wide magnetic field? Our cover story, written by S&T assistant editor Camille M. Carlisle, previews NASA's Maven mission, due to arrive at the Red Planet in late September...


Inside the August 2014 Issue

PURCHASE PRINT ISSUE | PURCHASE DIGITAL ISSUE | DOWNLOAD BACK ISSUES | SUBSCRIBE Chasing Comets, Toddlers, and a Beautiful Conjunction Europe's Rosetta mission is currently in hot pursuit of Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko, set for an August rendezvous. Our cover story goes behind the scenes with the science team to see what the spacecraft can...


Inside the July 2014 Issue

The latest observations of swirls in the cosmic microwave background have validated the leading theory of how the cosmos came to be. Read our coverage to find out how this affects our understanding of the universe. Plus, get a heads up for two close conjunctions in early July as Mars and Saturn approach the...


Inside the June 2014 Issue

Looking back to cosmic dawn became possible with the advent of Hubble Space Telescope's 600-hour observing project - enjoy the ride as one of humanity's finest telescopes travels through time to learn about galaxy formation in the early universe. Let Hubble's journey serve as your inspiration for projects you can take on from your...

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An Image Gallery of the Cosmic Dawn

In the cover story of the June 2014 issue of Sky & Telescope, a team of scientists uses the Hubble Space Telescope to look back through cosmic time to the dawn of the universe, back to the time when galaxies were just beginning to form. With hundreds of hours of observing time on one...


Inside the May 2014 Issue

PURCHASE PRINT ISSUE | PURCHASE DIGITAL ISSUE | DOWNLOAD BACK ISSUES | SUBSCRIBE Storm warning! Get the latest on the new meteor storm predicted to hit Earth's skies on May 24th, and learn about the even weirder weather developing on alien worlds beyond the solar system. Also catch up on techniques to observe Saturn...


Inside the April 2014 Issue

PURCHASE PRINT ISSUE | PURCHASE DIGITAL ISSUE | DOWNLOAD BACK ISSUES | SUBSCRIBE FEATURED ARTICLES ISON's Day in the Sun Maybe it wasn't the public's Comet of the Century, but for author Karl Battams, it was his Comet of the Century. By Karl Battams Photo Contest Winners By Staff of Sky & Telescope Mystery in the...

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The asteroid occultation of July 19, 2014

As told in the July 2014 Sky & Telescope, on the morning of July 19th an 8.7-magnitude star in Pisces will vanish for up to 4 seconds behind the invisibly faint asteroid 611 Valeria, as seen from a track crossing northern Mexico, Texas, the Deep South including the Atlanta area, and the Carolinas. The...


Cosmos Reborn

Beginning Sunday evening, March 9th, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey will air on the Fox television network, the rebirth of Carl Sagan's classic Cosmos. In the cover story of our April 2014 issue, contributing editor J. Kelly Beatty reveals a behind-the-scenes look at the new series. (All of the images here are courtesy of Fox...


Inside the March 2014 Issue

FEATURED ARTICLES How You Can Find An Exoplanet Using the Planet Hunters website, citizen scientists are adding to Kepler's treasure trove of new worlds. You only need a computer, an internet connection, and enthusiasm. By Meg Schwamb How to Build a Giant Telescope Construction of the world's largest ground-based optical telescope takes astronomical engineering...

Giant Magellan Telescope

The Megatelescopes are Coming

Robert Zimmerman writes in the March 2014 issue about the construction of the Giant Magellan Telescope, "demonstrating astronomical engineering of the highest order." The mammoth telescope will combine seven 8.4-meter (28-feet) mirrors into a flower-like primary with the resolving power of a mirro 24.5 meters (80 feet) wide. But the Giant Magellan Telescope isn’t...

Space warp

Become a Citizen Scientist

Join astronomers in two new citizen science projects, Space Warps and Planet Four, that will have you investigating the warped light from faraway galaxies and the ever-changing Martian landscape.


Inside the February 2014 Issue

FEATURED ARTICLES Pluto and the Kuiper Belt Discoveries on this planetary frontier reveal many fantastical worlds, so why do we think the solar system has gotten smaller? By Emily Lakdawalla Perseus to Puppis and Beyond The winter Milky Way is faint and vague, but it’s adorned with some of the finest clusters and nebulae...

Texas State students Ava Pope, Laura Bright, and Hannah Reynolds stand with author Don Olson on the cliff high above the Jambourg beach to the southwest of Étretat. Visible in the background are the Needle and the Porte d’Aval, as seen from a perspective nearly opposite to that of Monet’s sunset painting.

Dating an Impressionist’s Sunset

S&T contributing editor Don Olson writes a feature article in the February 2014 issue connecting astronomy to Monet. We follow his team of celestial sleuths as they travel to Normandy, France to pin down the exact time and location of one of Claude Monet's most beautiful paintings. This gallery of photos, more than we...

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Quasar Hunting

The March 2014 issue of Sky & Telescope features an article by Bob Cava, who hunts for quasars in light-polluted New Jersey with his 10- and 16-inch telescopes. As Cava discovered, quasar hunting requires considerable skill with astronomical databases and online tools. This web supplement describes some useful resources and collects their URLs in...