Clouds, veering cabbies, and old optics didn’t deter committed spectators of this last-chance astronomical event.
The "King of Planets," which will dominate the evening sky from late 2011 through early 2012, is a captivating sight no matter how you look at it.
Comet Holmes is greatly dimmed from its glory days last fall, but this week it's passing the photogenic California Nebula.
Observers using the automated Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii have found a new comet. As of right now, it might brighten to 1st magnitude in early 2013, but it's far too early to be certain of that.
Early risers today have a chance to see this beautiful crescent Moon slide past Venus in the dawn sky. This view by Johnny Horne was captured at 5:34 a.m. EDT at Wade, North Carolina
It's tricky deciding when to post an observing story on the Web.
You can gawk, study, sketch, image, or just howl. No matter how you do it, head outside on October 12th to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night.
Sky & Telescope contributing editor David H. Levy joins our cadre of bloggers. Check out what he's been up to "On the Road."
Astronomers have assembled an armada of telescopes to observe Uranus in a way that hasn't been possible since the 1960s.
It was faint, and it zipped across the sky at 3° per hour but 2007 TU24 could be spotted with a good scope if you knew where and when to look.
The King of Planets has made a dramatic entrance into the early evening sky. Don't miss your chance to see it while it's big and bright!
Few meteor showers are a cascade of shooting stars. Sky & Telescope contributing editor David H. Levy explains that there's simple pleasure in paying attention to sparser showers.
Japanese observer Masayuki Tachikawa appears to have captured another impact on Jupiter, the second one in the past three months.
Just as predicted, the Aurigid shower delivered a burst of meteors created by particles shed by a comet more than 2,000 years ago.
Mercury's best evening apparition of 2011 for Northern Hemisphere observers takes place this March. And with Jupiter to point the way, Mercury is unusually easy to locate from March 1218.
One of the big planet's iconic dark belts has been roiling with activity, rewarding observers with the most dramatic eruptions there since 1926.
Mars is making its nearest and brightest appearance in the night sky since the end of 2007.
Venus Express project scientists are inviting amateur and professional astronomers to contribute Earth-based images of the planet made at infrared, visible, and ultraviolet wavelengths.
The Delta Aquariid meteor shower ramps up in late July, and you already have everything needed to enjoy the show: your eyes.
On Thursday, May 29th, Comet 209P/LINEAR will pass just 5 million miles (8 million km) from Earth, one of the closest comet approaches in history.
Ceres, the biggest asteroid and the first to be discovered, has an extraordinary good apparition in February and March 2009.
Mercury is normally elusive, but it's putting on an extraordinarily good evening show for observers at mid-northern latitudes from late April through mid-May 2008.
Mercury is a rewarding challenge for planetary astrophotographers, as this amazing image by Massachusetts amateur John Boudreau demonstrates.
The two brightest asteroids are in fine view for binoculars or a telescope. Here are instructions and charts to find them.
The two brightest asteroids are very close to each other in the sky in 2014, fitting in a single field of view through binoculars and some telescopes.