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Learning About the Sky

Native American Full Moon Names

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

Family Fun with Sky Watching

Solar Eclipse Activities for Kids and Families

Enrich the eclipse experience — especially the long, partial phases — with solar eclipse activities for kids and families.

Learning About the Sky

Stargazing Simplified

Learn some of the classic stargazing sights that can be best viewed through a smaller telescope.

Messier Observer's Planisphere

Stargazing Basics

Learn Constellations with a Planisphere

How do you find out what stars are visible tonight? With a planisphere or "star wheel." It's easy!

Gemini on Sky Atlas 2000.0

Stargazing Basics

How to Use a Star Chart at the Telescope

Here's what you need to know to navigate the heavens with a telescope and star atlas.

Orion Card

Family Fun with Sky Watching

"Star Deck": It's All in the Cards

Here's a great free download that uses a deck of playing cards to introduce you to the night's sky's constellations in a fun, entertaining way.

Stargazing Basics

Star Charts: A Vital Resource for Learning the Night Sky

Our Constellation Basics webinar provides background information about the major winter constellations. Here are some accompanying online resources.

Learning About the Sky

Asterisms for Winter Nights

Asterisms appeal to our playful side but also serve as key waypoints in the sky for identifying fainter stars and constellations.


Stargazing Basics

Binoculars for Astronomy: Ultimate Guide to Selecting and Buying

Ordinary binoculars are your ideal "first telescope." And they're so versatile that even seasoned stargazers find them indispensable.

Learning About the Sky

9,096 Stars in the Sky—Is That All?

Ten thousand stars bedazzle the eye on a dark night. Wait, how many?

Crescent cradles the 'old moon'

Solar System

Earthshine, the Moon's Darker Side

With a subtle beauty all its own, the earthshine we see glowing in the lunar night invites us to consider Earth's many connections to the Moon.

Binoculars: Guides and Recommendations

Power and Aperture in Binoculars

They come in a wide range of apertures. But for astronomy, large aperture is only part of the story. High magnification is just as important when binoculars are used on a night sky that's not absolutely dark.

Using a star chart

Stargazing Videos: Tips & Techniques

Video: Using Star Charts and Star Wheels

Watch S&T senior editor Alan MacRobert show and explain how to use star charts and planispheres (star wheels).

Clear Sky Chart

Stargazing Basics

Stargazing Forecast: Will You Have Clear Skies Tonight?

Here are hyperlinks to many websites that can help you forecast the astronomical observing conditions for next few nights — or longer.


Stargazing Basics

The 50 Best Sights in Astronomy

S&T contributing editor Fred Schaaf takes a new approach to an old subjecty by describing the 50 best astronomical sights of any kind, from naked-eye spectacles to objects that can only be seen through telescopes at high magnification.


Stargazing Basics

Stargazing with Early Astronomer Galileo Galilei

When Galileo Galilei first turned a telescope to the heavens four centuries ago, he discovered amazing things — and you can follow in his footsteps.

Piggyback photography

Stargazing Basics

Fotografía del Cielo Profundo — Hágalo Fácil

Como sacar fotos increíbles de constelaciones, nebulosas, grupos de estrellas, y nuestra galaxia.

Stargazing Basics

Los Binoculares: A medio camino de un Telescopio

Todo lo que necesita para disfrutar de las maravillas del cielo nocturno es un par de binoculares.

Stargazing Basics

Usando un Mapa Estelar a Simple Vista

Pasar una o dos horas aprendiendo a leer un mapa estelar le abrirá el Cosmos para una vida de exploración.

Stargazing Basics

Como Empezar en Astronomía

La Astronomía no merece su reputación como un pasatiempo difícil y caro. Sólo necesita empezar con los consejos correctos.