Types of Objects to Observe

Sky & Telescope brings you hundreds of articles on observing celestial bodies. Take a tour of the night sky from near-earth objects to distant Messier objects. Explore encounters with comets, meteors, and supernovae. Dive into detailed discussions about galaxies millions of light-years from the Earth or surface features of the Moon. Learn about upcoming asteroid approaches and celestial body happenings and prepare yourself to spot or photograph them all. We’ll provide useful tips whether you want to spend 10 minutes outside peering at Jupiter’s Galilean moons through a small pair of binoculars or spend hours on end capturing the perfect photograph of that elusive distant galaxy.

Our articles look at objects in space visible throughout the year, during a particular season, and special events for a single day, such as eclipses and occultations. We’ll help you through the coldest nights by sharing space facts, or to put it more eloquently, the wonders of the universe.

Storm of the Millenium

A Jupiter Almanac

Find information on observing Jupiter during its 2016 - 2017 apparition, including information on its moons and Great Red Spot transit predictions.

Here Comes the Harvest Moon!

This month's Harvest Moon will be up early to light the night as well as act as a beacon for watching the annual fall bird migration through a small telescope.

Simply extraordinary

Explore the Veil Nebula

The Veil Nebula, the tattered remains of an ancient supernova explosion, is one of the most spectacular objects in the night sky. Did you know it has two dozen parts visible in amateur telescopes?

The Fun Begins at M22

Add a dash of random to your night sky viewing plans and you're guaranteed an adventure. We'll start ours with the famous globular M22 and see where it takes us.