This article gives directions for finding Uranus and Neptune from June 2015 through March 2016.
Fooled by shadow play into thinking lunar mountains were pointy pinnacles? Learn why we often see them that way.
Your first view of Saturn with a telescope can introduce you to the riches of stargazing — and now is the perfect time to see Saturn and all it has to offer! Saturn is entering the early evening sky this spring just as Jupiter begins its exit in the west. Here's a quick guide to…
Astronomers don't know why Jupiter's iconic Great Red Spot has been gradually shrinking since the 1800s — or why the downsizing has accelerated during the past two years. Update: On May 15th, NASA released newly taken images of the Great Red Spot (at bottom below) to show its declining size since 1995. Thanks to the…
Uranus and Neptune are easy to find with the aid of the charts in this article.
The King of Planets reached opposition in the first half of January but it's still big and bright, a captivating sight no matter how you look at it.
Viewing Saturn is an old favorite for every telescope user. Here's a guide to seeing all that you can see on the ringed planet.
Spectacular Saturn is a perennial favorite of telescope users everywhere. Click here to find printable data on the positions of Saturn's rings and planets.
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.
The Galilean-satellite events published in Sky & Telescope's May 2008 issue are incorrect. Here's the correct listing.
As the first images are released from Messenger's flyby of the innermost planet, previous ground-based observations are proving to be surprisingly accurate.
Mercury is a rewarding challenge for planetary astrophotographers, as this amazing image by Massachusetts amateur John Boudreau demonstrates.
Binoculars and our charts are all you need to spot these twin outer planets.
Virtually any telescope will show Jupiter's four Galilean satellites and their interesting interactions with the planet or its shadow.
Not so long ago, astronomers thought only a few dozen satellites orbited the planets of our solar system. Today the total count tops 170!
Viewing the solar system¹s largest planet can be more than fun — even with a modest telescope, you can make observations of lasting scientific value.
Amateurs are observing this elusive planet more successfully than ever before; try spotting it yourself.
On August 27, 2003, at 9:51 Universal Time, the centers of Earth and Mars will be only 34,646,418 miles apart. Has Mars ever been this close before?
Never before in human history has such a golden opportunity to observe the red planet presented itself, so make the most of it with our Mars observing guide for 2003.
If you've never spied Mars's two satellites, Phobos and Deimos, the end of 2007 is your best chance for a long time. You'll need a big telescope and you'll need to know exactly where to look.
From now to year's end, our finder charts will help you locate Uranus (in Aquarius), Neptune (in Capricornus), and Pluto (in Ophiuchus).
The crescent Moon joins Jupiter and Venus in the east at dawn to create a beautiful scene on November 9th and 10th.
Until early April, all five planets that are ever visible to the unaided eye shine at once during dusk.
For the first time since 1882, Venus will glide across the face of the Sun. Here's where you'll be able to watch this rare event on June 8, 2004.
Venus is readily visible in the evening sky until late May during this most favorable apparition of its eight-year cycle.