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Celestial Objects to Observe

Como Fotografiar el Eclipse Con un Smartphone

Antes de intentar fotografiar el eclipse con su smartphone, lea el consejo de estos expertos.

Solar eclipse series

Celestial Objects to Observe

Qué Buscar y Cuándo Durante un Eclipse Solar Total

Los fenómenos astronómicos y terrestres que no se debe perder durante el eclipse solar total del 8 de abril de 2024.

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Observar el Cielo

Cómos y Porqués De Los Eclipses Solares

Conviértase en un experto en eclipses para familiares y amigos en un par de minutos

illustration of the earth's rotation and the ecliptic

Resources and Education

¿Qué es la Eclíptica?

La eclíptica, dicho de manera simple, es el plano de la órbita de la Tierra alrededor del Sol.

Moon nearly first quarter

Learning About the Sky

Getting Started with Your New Telescope

How to start successfully with a new telescope — a guide to what you need to know, how to set it up, and things you can start finding with it in tonight's sky.

Eclipses

Eclipse Apps, Books, Videos: Resources for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

Find some of our favorite resources for the April 8, 2024, solar eclipse, including apps, video explainers, children's activities, and books.

Celestial News & Events

Eclipse Photography: Framing the Eclipse

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

Celestial Objects to Observe

Eclipse Photographer’s Checklist

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

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Eclipses

How to Use Your Smartphone to Shoot a Solar Eclipse

Read this advice from expert eclipse-chasers before you use your smartphone to photograph a solar eclipse.

full Moon

Learning About the Sky

Native American Full Moon Names for 2023

Native American tribes each had their own full Moon names — we introduce the most commonly used ones and the traditions behind them.

Pleiades

Night Sky Sights

Getting Started with Your New Telescope

How to start out right with a new telescope — a guide to what you need to know, how to set it up, and things you can start finding with it in tonight's sky.

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.

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

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

People, Places, and Events

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.

Hobby-based Q&A

Four Things to Know About the Next Solar Eclipse

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

Diamond Ring

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

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.

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.

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