The Great Supernova Race
In the efforts to discover exploding stars, professionals have taken the lead, but amateurs have managed to stay in the game.
By Robert Zimmerman
Back to the Big Bang
A faint signal hidden in the universe's earliest light might reveal what happened in the first moment after cosmic birth.
By Bruce Lieberman
October's Dawn Window for Sirius B
Sirius in October? If you'd like to try for its legendary white dwarf companion — easier to see now than in decades — here's why to set your alarm clock.
By Alan Whitman
Observing the Milky Way, Part II: Scutum to Cassiopeia
The autumn Milky Way is rich in nearby clusters and nebulae.
By Craig Crossen
Chasing Totality from the Stratosphere
Braving the Australian Outback, an international amateur team launched a balloon to catch last November's solar eclipse.
By Catalin Beldea & Joe Cali
The Man Who Illustrated the Heavens
H. A. Rey, co-creator of Curious George, turned his talents skyward to demystify the stars.
By Ann Mulloy Ashmore
BEYOND THE PRINTED PAGE
Join the Supernova Race
Read more about the groups involved in the ongoing search for exploding stars.
By Robert Naeye
Seeking the Cosmic Dawn
Learn more about projects hunting for inflation's signature.
By Camille Carlisle
Spot the Other Blue Planets
Here's how to find Uranus and Neptune.
By Alan MacRobert
Librations and other lunar data for October 2013
By Sean Walker
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
Spotting Uranus and Neptune
In the Great Celestial Sea float the ice-giant twins of autumn evenings.
By Alan MacRobert
Drawing the Moon
Sketching lunar features trains you to see more.
By Charles A. Wood
Here's a simple method for aligning your telescope's optics without lasers or other gadgets.
By Gary Seronik
Table of Contents
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