Bright skies aren't empty skies. See for yourself how many treasures lie hidden in the glow of a city sky.
Seattle amateur Nick Risinger had an idea and some free time. One year and more than 37,000 images later, he's created an awesome panorama of the entire celestial sphere.
Here are a few potential problems that you might not see on your blueprints.
Size can be deceptive; this small home observatory is remarkably practical.
Who would have thought that, just 30 miles from a California city of 500,000+, you'd find some of the best stargazing in all of North America?
Cutting down trees to get a better view of the night sky can be a surprisingly emotional issue.
This week the Sun is putting on its best show in nearly a decade.
They're compact, handy, and incredibly useful at star parties. But beware: a new study reveals that your bargain-priced green laser pointer might be emitting harmful amounts of infrared energy.
Even Harry Potter would enjoy this method of steering a scope.
Our star is an amazing object to observe, whether by eye or with optical aid. These time-tested tips will let you see the solar disk worry-free.
Depending how you present the data, light pollution in the U.S. may appear anywhere from quite severe to fairly modest.
This week you can join a worldwide campaign to measure the darkness of night skies everywhere. It's a fun, easy, and worthwhile activity for you and your family.
As the first images are released from Messenger's flyby of the innermost planet, previous ground-based observations are proving to be surprisingly accurate.
An article in Scientific American suggests that training your eye to see faint objects may have a physiological basis.
Here are hyperlinks to many websites that can help you forecast the astronomical observing conditions for next few nights — or longer.
Here's how to hone your galaxy-hunting skills — and what to expect at the eyepiece.
The surface of the Sun is a dynamic, living place that can change unpredictably from day to day.
Try out a new addition to our suite of interactive observing tools.
It's easy to make honest mistakes when viewing astronomical objects that are faint or small.
Our new SaturnMoons app guides you around the ringed planet as it brightens in the night sky in advance of an April 28th opposition. Learn about Saturn's bizarre satellite family, then find the moons in your own scope.
A French astrophotographer used luck and some special gear to capture a razor-thin lunar crescent precisely at the moment of New Moon on July 8th.
Jupiter reigns big and beautiful over December's sky. Now you can take our newest app with you as a guide to Jupiter's moons, Great Red Spot, and more.
The North America Nebula in Cygnus is famously visible to the unaided eye under dark skies. But are we really seeing the nebulosity?