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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…

Celestial News & Events

Catch the Perseid Meteor Shower at Its Peak

Plan for optimal conditions for the year’s Perseid meteor shower, early in the mornings of August 12th and 13th.

Celestial Objects to Observe

See Saturn at Its Highest & Brightest This Week

Saturn arrives at opposition on June 27th, very close to the time of full Moon.

R Leporis Carbon Star

Variable Stars

Observing Carbon Stars

Expand your observing plans by adding a few of these red-orange carbon stars.

Celestial News & Events

Spring Astronomy Day 2018

Looking for something to do on Saturday? Make plans to celebrate Astronomy Day on April 21st!

Stargazing Basics

Astronomy Books: Wrapping Up 2017

Wondering what to read next? Looking for a gift for the amateur astronomer in your life? Check out these new astronomy books!

March 2016 total solar eclipse

Eclipses

Images to Inspire: Solar Eclipse Pictures

We've gathered some of the best pictures of past solar eclipses, total and partial, from our online photo gallery to serve as inspiration for your eclipse photography

Milky Way

Total Solar Eclipse: All-Sky Maps

Wondering what you'll see during the total solar eclipse on August 21st? Use our all-sky maps to figure it out!

People, Places, and Events

Star Party Season

Summer means star parties, and star parties mean fun. Read about my adventures at the annual Cherry Springs and Table Mountain gatherings.

Sky & Telescope booth, NEAF 2017

People, Places, and Events

News and Views from NEAF 2017

Our editors have just returned from the Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF), the world's largest astronomy and space tradeshow.

View of the Moon-Jupiter meeting, October 28, 2016

Celestial News & Events

Jupiter Greets Crescent Moon in the Pre-Dawn Sky

On Friday, October 28th, the waning crescent Moon and brilliant Jupiter get together for an early morning conjunction.

Partial solar eclipse, Kenya

annual solar eclipse

Annular Solar Eclipse Wrap-Up

The annular solar eclipse visible over south-central African and parts of the Indian Ocean was a dazzling crowd pleaser!

2013 Astronomy Day celebration in Boston

People, Places, and Events

Spring Astronomy Day 2016

Join your local amateur astronomy community in celebrating Spring Astronomy Day on May 14, 2016.

Looking through a telescope at a star party

Astronomy & Observing News

Astronomy Day + International Observe the Moon Night = Weekend of Fun

Look to your local astronomy club for a day and night of observing activities for Fall Astronomy Day and International Observe the Moon Night.

Path of Pluto in 2015 (wide field)

Planets

See Pluto in 2015

It’s been a fantastic year for Pluto, and it’s only going to get more so. What better time to make your first (or second!) attempt at spotting the dwarf planet? Read on for a few tips to help you locate this dim object in the summer sky.

Path of Uranus in 2015 (wide field)

Planets

Uranus and Neptune in 2015

This article gives directions for finding Uranus and Neptune from June 2015 through March 2016.

Stargazer's Corner: Adventures Under the Night Sky

Observing Report: Revisiting the Herschel Sprint

Amateur astronomer Mark McCarthy share a report of his second run at the Herschel Sprint.

Celestial News & Events

The King Holds Court — Jupiter at Opposition

Jupiter reaches opposition on February 6, 2015. Find out how to see the planet king at its best.

Image of partial solar eclipse as seen through clouds

Celestial News & Events

Partial Solar Eclipse Roundup

Readers share their experiences of the October 23, 2014 partial solar eclipse.

Partial Solar Eclipse

Celestial News & Events

See a Partial Solar Eclipse — Today!

Find everything you need to enjoy today's partial solar eclipse — where to go, what you'll see, weather forecasts, and just in case, an online backup plan.

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