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Moon over Sequoia National Park

Celestial News & Events

International Observe the Moon Night Is Here

International Observe the Moon Night is here. Step outside Saturday evening and admire our closest celestial neighbor with your family.

People, Places, and Events

Mount Wilson Escapes Wildfire; Amateur Observatory Destroyed

Firefighting crews held the line as wildfire threatened Mount Wilson; an amateur observatory built by the Tri-Valley Stargazers was not so lucky.

International Dark Sky Week Milky Way

People, Places, and Events

International Dark Sky Week Is Here: Celebrate the Night!

The weeklong celebration of the night sky we all share has always been an opportunity for people to connect with each other. This year, connecting with each other takes on a significance all its own.

JWST

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Space and Astronomy in the Time of COVID-19

The ongoing worldwide COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on spaceflight, science, and professional and amateur astronomy.

Margaret Burbidge

Famous Astronomers

Celebrating Astronomer Margaret Burbidge, 1919–2020

The astronomer who taught us we are all made of stardust has passed away after celebrating her 100th birthday on August 12, 2019.

illustration of habitability like a cocktail recipe

People, Places, and Events

Astronomers Make It Rain, Search for Gin and Vampires

As is customary on the first day of April, scientists posted research that breaks out of the box peer-review normally keeps it in.

Three people looking at the Milky Way

People, Places, and Events

2020 Star Parties Update

Organizations have cancelled or rescheduled several star parties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases, organizers are still in the process of making a decision on how and when to hold a given event. Here is an updated calendar of upcoming North American star parties and events, with a…

Sunset from Camp Wesumkee

People, Places, and Events

Winter Stargazing in the Florida Keys

Every February, amateur astronomers flock to the Florida Keys to a dark-sky site for a week of stargazing at the Winter Star Party.

People, Places, and Events

Do You Love the Stars? Do Some Astronomy This Valentine's Day

Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day or boycotting it, anyone visiting this site loves the stars. Here's a chance to participate in an effort to make sure future generations love them too.

People, Places, and Events

The 2020 Chambliss Amateur Achievement Award Goes To Dennis Conti

Each year, the American Astronomical Society confers the Chambliss Amateur Achievement Award for significant astronomical research carried out by an amateur astronomer. This year the award goes to Dennis Conti of the AAVSO.

Pro-Am Collaboration

Report from the 2019 Advanced Imaging Conference

S&T Associate Editor Sean Walker gives a rundown of last week's astro-imaging conference.

People, Places, and Events

Remembering Dr. Michael D. Reynolds, 1954 – 2019

Mike Reynolds, passionate astronomy educator and former executive director of the Association of Lunar & Planetary Observers (ALPO), passed away suddenly on October 15th.

Startrails over RTMC

People, Places, and Events

Well-loved Astronomy Expo Comes to an End

The RTMC Astronomy Expo, a favorite yearly convo of amateur astronomers and telescope makers, is ending. The author takes a look back at the meeting's glory days. 

People, Places, and Events

Barbara Wilson — A Remembrance

Barbara Wilson passed away on September 24, 2019, after battling cancer for several months. Barbara was very well known in the amateur astronomy community as a dedicated and talented deep-sky observer. But she was much more than that.

Summer Star Party

People, Places, and Events

The RAC Summer Star Party

It's high summer and time to party — star party, that is. The RAC Summer Star Party offered fun, friends, and some good, clear nights this year. As is typical for New England, the spring season was wet and cloudy with few opportunities for extended observing sessions. But at least…

Thirty Meter Telescope at night

Astronomy and Society

Maunakea Observatories Shuttered Amid Protests (Update: Observatories Have Reopened)

As protests against the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope continue, the directors of Maunakea Observatories have taken the unprecedented move of closing all observatories atop the mountain.

Thirty Meter Telescope at night

People, Places, and Events

Thirty Meter Telescope Set to Begin Construction

Hawaiian Governor David Ige and the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory have announced that construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope will begin the week of July 15th.

La Silla Total Solar Eclipse simulation

People, Places, and Events

The Astronomers' Eclipse: July 2nd Eclipse Will Pass Over Professional Observatories

Some of the world's largest telescopes will be watching as the Moon blocks the Sun's disk and reveals its corona on July 2, 2019.

Kepler's planetary music from Harmonices Mundi

People, Places, and Events

Music Inspired by Astronomy: A Catalog

Catalogs are useful in astronomy. Now there's one dedicated to musical pieces influenced by astronomy.

D-Day

People, Places, and Events

Astronomy and D-Day: The Sun, Moon, and Tides at Normandy

The invasion of occupied France on June 6, 1944, changed the course of the Second World War. Astronomy played a crucial role in the timing of the event.

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