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Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

February 2020: Five Planets & More!

If you drag yourself outside before dawn and then wait until after sunset, you can spot all five of the naked-eye planets. And the Winter Hexagon glides high in the evening sky.

A bright supernova

Celestial Objects to Observe

The Latest on Betelgeuse, Plus a Bright Supernova and New Comet Iwamoto

The sky provides. This winter, the fading of Betelgeuse caught us all by surprise. Now, as January wraps up, we can add a new comet discovery and a supernova bright enough to see in a 6-inch telescope to an ever-growing list of seasonal sky wonders.

Thuban in TESS image

Celestial News & Events

See Ancient “North Stars" Eclipse Each Other

The ancient pole star known as Thuban turns out to be an eclipsing binary. If you're up for a challenge, you can see the eclipses for yourself.

Comet PanSTARRS blooms

Explore the Night with Bob King

Comets to Catch in 2020

Here's the lowdown on which comets will brighten our skies in 2020.

Waiting for darkness.

Celestial News & Events

A Selection of Observing Resources for Getting Started in Astronomy

Here are some great books, star charts, and other observing accessories to help you get the most out of your new telescope.

Totality on August 21, 2017

Eclipses

Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2020

Six eclipses occur in 2020, with one total and one annular solar eclipse in the mix. But the four lunar eclipses will be disappointing brushes through the fringe of Earth's shadow.

Mars and Venus in January 2020

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

January 2020: Mid-winter Wonders

New Year's resolution: Do more stargazing! (Hint: Get an easy and entertaining head start by downloading this month's Sky Tour podcast for a guided tour of the night sky.)

Explore the Night with Bob King

High Hopes for the 2020 Quadrantid Meteor Shower

The annual Quadrantid meteor shower is expected to put on a great early morning show this weekend.

Betelgeuse in Orion

Celestial News & Events

Betelgeuse is Dimming . . . Why?

The bright star Betelgeuse has faded to a historic low as astronomers try to figure out why.

Geminids Dec 13_2018 Bob King 480x274

Celestial News & Events

The Best Meteor Showers in 2020

Sky & Telescope predicts that the three best meteor showers — the Quadrantids (peaking on January 4th!), Perseids and Geminids — will all have strong showings this year.

Celestial News & Events

What to See with Your New Telescope

Maybe you just got a shiny new telescope to call your own. Congratulations — you could be on your way to discovering many amazing, far, deep things in the night sky.

Chile-Argentina eclipse path in 2020

Celestial News & Events

2020 Total Solar Eclipse: Update from Patagonia

Check out the viewing site and accommodations in Argentina's lush Lake District for Sky & Telescope's expedition to witness the 2020 total solar eclipse on December 14, 2020.

Geminids Dec 13_2018 Bob King 480x274

Celestial News & Events

Geminids and the Moon Duke it Out

Don't let light from the gibbous Moon discourage you from enjoying the annual Geminid meteor show on the peak night, December 13-14.

Celestial News & Events

Meteor Shower Was a Dud, But Showing Up Was Half the Fun

The Alpha Monocerotids happened as predicted, even if not quite as we expected.

Alpha Monocerotid Radiants

Explore the Night with Bob King

Intense Meteor Storm Expected from the Alpha Monocerotids

Circle the date November 21st on your calendar, when a brief but potentially spectacular meteor storm might light up the night.

Transit of Mercury 2019 (composite)

Celestial News & Events

Capturing the Transit of Mercury

Though clouds blocked the sky for many yesterday, those with a clear view had the chance to see tiny Mercury cross the face of the Sun.

Explore the Night with Bob King

Don't Miss Monday's Rare Transit of Mercury

On Monday, November 11th, Mercury will pass directly in front of the Sun and look a tiny black dot silhouetted against the brilliant solar disk. The event, called a transit, occurs approximately 13 times a century.

Transit comparison

Citizen Science: Projects & Collaboration

Citizen Science with the Transit of Mercury

If you're planning on watching the November 11th transit of Mercury, try kicking it up a notch — watch with a friend and calculate the distance between Earth and the Sun!

Incoming point

Celestial News & Events

"Potentially Hazardous" Asteroid Is Headed For Your Telescope

A potentially hazardous asteroid makes a flyby of Earth this Friday, offering amateurs with modest telescopes a chance to ride along.

Explore the Night with Bob King

Crack Your Crescent Moon Record

Calling all crescent lovers! Here's a chance to set a new personal record by seeing one of the oldest moons ever.

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