Author Archives: Robert Naeye

High-redshift galaxy

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 of…

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 could…

Chile Tour

Tour Chile with S&T!

Join Sky & Telescope as we travel to Chile, the "astronomy capital of the world." From March 27th to April 4th, 2014, we'll visit world-class observatories, see breathtaking landscapes, and observe in crystal-clear night skies.


Jupiter Watchers

The cover story of S&T's January 2014 issue features the significant role amateur astronomers have played in planetary science, and especially the study of Jupiter, over the past decade. Amateurs have monitored everything from Jupiter's changeable weather to Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9's bruising impact. Jupiter watchers have received help and legitimacy for their discoveries from the…

Supernova 1987A

Join the Great Supernova Race

In the cover story of the October 2013 issue of Sky & Telescope, author Bob Zimmerman tells the story of the hunt for exploding stars. Professional astronomers have taken the lead in recent years with the advent of automated sky surveys, but amateurs have managed to stay in the game. Groups of amateur astronomers have…

Jackson's attack in Chancellorsville

The Battle of Chancellorsville

In a feature article of the May 2013 issue of Sky & Telescope, author Don Olson highlights the role of the Moon in Stonewall Jackson's fatal wounding. Below, we feature a gallery of images that couldn't fit in the magazine.

Arsia volcanoes

Caves on the Moon and Mars

As Robert Zimmerman’s cover story of the April 2013 issue explains, Earth is not the only world in the inner solar system with caves. The same volcanic processes that created some of Earth’s caves also occurred on the Moon and Mars. Using imagery from a variety of orbiters, geologists have spotted a number of openings…

A Civil War Submarine and the Moon

In the February 2013 issue, the article “The Moon and the Mystery of the Hunley” by William Stevenson describes how the tides and the phase and position of the Moon played a role in the first successful submarine attack in naval history. The assault took place during the American Civil War, when the northern states…

dark matter detector

Detecting Dark Matter

Dark matter was discovered 80 years ago when astronomer Fritz Zwicky spied a galaxy cluster whirling so fast, the galaxies were bound to fly apart unless something — something less luminous than ordinary stars or gas — held them together. Decades later, the scientific community concedes the existence of dark matter, after many different kinds…

Triple asteroid

Asteroid Moons

In the past decade, new observations have shown that asteroids are no longer the solitary, dense, potato-shaped rocks we thought them to be, orbiting the Sun unchanged eon after eon. The December issue of S&T describes the latest research that paints a different picture. Asteroids, it turns out, are porous collections of small rocks —…

Start time of Australian total solar eclipse

Mapping Eclipses

In the November issue of Sky & Telescope, Michael Zeiler writes about the history of eclipse maps. Even as long ago as 1715, astronomer Edmond Halley was able to calculate an eclipse map that was accurate to within 3 km. Now Michael Zeiler's eclipse maps have unprecedented accuracy, and the start of the eclipse can…

Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds

Making the Magellanic Clouds

Our Milky Way Galaxy has more than a dozen known satellite galaxies. But two stand out above the crowd for their impressive size and brightness: the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. Both are easily visible with the naked eye from the Southern Hemisphere, and have been known to skygazers since the dawn of humanity. For…

Transit of Venus

Shooting the Transit of Venus

The cover story of S&T's October issue follows the scientists who observed the historic transit of Venus and their efforts to leave a complete record for future observers of Venus's next transit in 2117. Author Jay Pasachoff led a team that traveled to the Haleakala summit in Hawaii to capture spectacular views despite heavy winds.…