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DESI map of the universe compared to SDSS

Resources and Education

Watch "Astronomy's Workhorse" in Action

Fly through Sloan Digital Sky Survey data, watch what the team has to do to produce these observations, and see an artistic interpretation of the process and science.

Astronomy and Society

Astrophotographer of the Year Awards

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners of the 14th annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest.

Astronomy and Society

Photographers "Capture the Dark" in Stunning Images

The International Dark-Sky Association celebrates photography's role in the fight against light pollution. Here are this year's contest winners!

Battered Vesta

Asteroids

Observe Vesta — and Own a Piece of It, Too

Vesta's bright and easy to find in binoculars and maybe even with the naked eye in late summer skies. It's also just as easy to acquire a piece of it without a multi-billion dollar space mission.

illustration of the earth's rotation and the ecliptic

Resources and Education

What Is the Ecliptic?

The ecliptic, simply put, is the plane of Earth’s orbit around the Sun. It extends beyond that to include the seven other planets.

Plakha Alexander with Sky Watcher telescope

Stargazer's Corner: Adventures Under the Night Sky

Wartime Skygazing: An Amateur Astronomer in Ukraine

Plakha Alexander — amateur astronomer, owner of Astro-Gadget.net, and Ukrainian — shares his experiences since Russia's invasion began.

Diamond Ring

Eclipses

Tips for Photographing a Total Solar Eclipse

A total eclipse of the Sun is a spectacular sight. With a little preparation and advance planning, you can capture your own souvenir portrait of this awe-inspiring sight.

Celestial News & Events

Eclipse Photography: Framing the Eclipse

Here are several ideas photographers can use when shooting their next total solar eclipse.

Eclipses

Eclipse Photographer’s Checklist

For those preparing to photograph a total solar eclipse, Fred Espenak shares his eclipse photography checklist.

Astronomy Questions & Answers

Four Things to Know About the Next Solar Eclipse

Prepare for the 2020 solar eclipse with these basic facts and other resources.

Observing the stars

Explore the Night with Bob King

See the Sun from Other Stars

We journey to distant suns to look back at our solar system and see its place among the stars.

Astronomers Worth Noting

Tim Russ: Actor, Director, and Amateur Astronomer

Tim Russ is best known for his role as Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager, but his affinity for space goes further than that — he's an amateur astronomer, too.

Long focal length telescopes

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Long Focal Length Telescopes for Astrophotography

Long focal length scopes are usually discouraged for beginner deep sky astrophotography, but solar system imagers need that extra focal length reach.

Sky tracker and deep sky image

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Getting Started in Deep-Sky Astrophotography

Shopping for gear to get started in astrophotography? Here's some sage advice before you max out all your credit cards.

Waterfall nightscape by Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn

Astronomers Worth Noting

Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn: Meteorologist, Pilot, Astrophotographer

Meteorologist and pilot by day, astrophotographer by night: Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn shares her pursuit and passion for the hobby.

Aurora over a lodge

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

How to Photograph the Northern Lights

Follow these tips to help capture auroral displays.

Most distant quasar

Astronomy Questions & Answers

What Is a Quasar?

A quasar is a supermassive black hole gorging on gas in the heart of a distant galaxy.

Image of Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Getting Started in Planetary Imaging

It's planet season! Here are some tips to help you start imaging the giant planets while they're in easy view.

Camera and Milky Way

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Astrophotography: How Long Can You Go?

While many astrophotographers follow the "rule of 500" (or 300), some experimentation can help find the right exposure time for your setup.

Hot vs. Cold

Imaging Foundations with Richard Wright

Beating the Heat in Astrophotography

Keeping your camera cool is an essential element to obtaining good clean images in astrophotography.

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