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Margaret Burbidge

Community Leaders: Notable 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.

Celestial News & 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.

People, Places, and Events

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


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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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Happy Birthday, Lowell Observatory!

One of the nation's most famous observatories turns 125 years old. Let's all wish it a Happy Birthday!

Canyonlands star party

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Astronomy Day is Coming Up! How You Can Participate

It’s that time of year again! It’s Astronomy Day! Join fellow enthusiasts on Saturday May 11th for a plethora of fun and exciting events in celebration of all things astronomical.

Near-Earth asteroid

Solar System

Planetary Society Grants Help Astronomers Track Dangerous Asteroids

There are some 25,000 near-Earth asteroids with diameters more than 140 meters. Amateur astronomers can find them — and the Planetary Society can help.

Sky & Telescope at NEAF

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News from NEAF: The 2019 Northeast Astronomy Forum

Sky & Telescope editors reconnected with readers at NEAF, where astro-enthusiasts were treated to astro talks, activities, and equipment galore.