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Stargazing with the Obamas

It was a star-studded Kodak moment: Last night, under clear skies, President and Mrs. Obama did a little stargazing from the White House South Lawn.

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MIT's Apollo Reunion

At the "Giant Leaps" symposium, an astronaut-studded cast recalled the glory days of human space exploration — and where we might be headed next.

Stellar Science

New York Teen Finds Wimpiest Supernova

On November 7, 2008, 14-year-old Caroline Moore of Warwick, New York, discovered a supernova in the galaxy UGC 12682, making her the youngest person ever to find an exploding star.

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The Chance of Finding Aliens

Frank Drake's famous equation helps to quantify our chance of finding ETs — or at least to pose the essential questions.

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Dark Skies 15,300, Light Pollution 0

The fourth annual GLOBE at Night star-counting campaign netted a record number of estimates of the night sky's darkness worldwide.

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Hubble Telescope's 19th Birthday

The greatest of NASA's Great Observatories rocketed into space 19 years ago. After a rocky start, it fulfilled its promise as Astronomy's Discovery Machine.

People, Places, and Events

The Case of the Stolen Sundial

During his time at Caltech in the 1930s, Russell Porter cast this beautiful sundial to adorn the campus. But it was stolen sometime during the 1970s — do you know where it is?


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The Amazing $20 Telescope

Sky & Telescope has reviewed innumerable telescopes, and only a handful of the ones that we've tried and liked cost less than $200. Now we're going to recommend a telescope that's selling for $20, and your response is going to be "you're kidding, right?" No, we're not!

Solar System

Meteorites Found from Asteroid 2008 TC3

Last December a determined U.S. researcher traveled to Sudan to recover pieces of an asteroid that slammed into Earth's atmosphere only 19 hours after being spotted. It was a long shot that paid off beyond his wildest dreams.

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End of the Line for "Skyline"

After 23 years of providing weekly updates to amateur astronomers, S&T's telephone news service has come to an end. Chalk up a victory for the internet.

People, Places, and Events


Imagine if America's leaders had to have an astronomical background? Sky & Telescope contributing editor David H. Levy has been thinking about that.

Cheap scope

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Cheap Enough for a Cheap Scope?

What value would you put on a cheap scope like this?

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A Night of Service

Community service can mean bringing the cosmos down to Earth, as Sky & Telescope contributing editor David H. Levy explains while "On the Road."

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A Secret Sneak Peek and Fun for Friday

Psst. Microsoft's virtual observatory," the WorldWide Telescope, is coming to your Web browser.


These Stars Need You

Here's a star-buying scheme we can support.

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Time for Another "Leap Second"

For the first time since 2005, the world's official timekeepers will add an extra second to the clock on New Year's Eve.

Harsh lights in residential neighborhood

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Light Pollution in the Spotlight

A flurry of articles, editorials, and even Congressional briefings has provided much-needed momentum for the fight against astronomers' Public Enemy #1.

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Speaking of the VLT

Next month, James Bond heads to Chile's Very Large Telescope. That can't be good.

Kids at Astronomy Day 2008

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S&T Astronomy Day Awards for 2008

The Astronomical League has announced the winners of this year's S&T Astronomy Day Award — and this year there's a tie for the top spot!

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The Great Planet Debate

A controversial vote to define "planet" two years ago created more confusion than clarity. So scientists, educators, and curious hangers-on have gathered to get a better handle on what to call the menagerie of worlds that inhabit our solar system and those of other stars.