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Perseverance during descent

Solar System

NASA’s Perseverance Arrives on Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover, now safely on the floor of Jezero crater, will soon begin its search for evidence of past life on Mars.

Star chart for Monoceros

Night Sky Sights

February: The Hare & Unicorn

When you step outside to admire the crisp, starlit night sky on February evenings, bring along our Sky Tour astronomy podcast to learn which stars and constellations are overhead. Here’s a preview of what you'll see.

Total lunar eclipse path on May 26, 2021

Celestial Objects to Observe

Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2021

Four eclipses occur in 2021, with annular and total solar eclipses alternating between total and not-quite-total lunar eclipses.

The Hyades open star cluster

Night Sky Sights

January: The Hyades & Pleiades

Start the new year right with the easy-to-follow stargazing highlights offered by our Sky Tour astronomy podcast. Here's a preview of this month's guided audio tour.

Leonid fireball crossing Orion

Night Sky Sights

The Best Meteor Showers in 2021

Sky & Telescope predicts that the year's best meteor shower will be the strong, fireball-rich Perseids in mid-August.

Totality from Las Grutas, Argentina

Celestial News & Events

Totality Reports from South America

Remote locations, rainy weather, and even a pandemic couldn't keep diehard observers from viewing December 14th's total solar eclipse.

Jupiter-Saturn-Moon Dec 2020

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

December 2020: A Busy Month

Step outside after sunset this month to spot Jupiter and Saturn's dramatic pairing, 2020's best meteor shower, and more!

Venus and Mercury on Nov 13th

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

November 2020: Cassiopeia Rules

With the return to standard time, November evenings come very early for northern observers — a chance to get in some quick stargazing before dinner!

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

October 2020: Mars is the Star!

October evenings offer many wonderful night-sky sights — including a dramatic appearance by Mars — and you can find them by listening to our guided audio tour of the star-filled sky.

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

September 2020: Four Planets & More!

Take advantage of September's beautiful evenings to gaze upward as you listen to our guided tour of the star-filled sky.

Night Sky Sights

August 2020: Planets & Perseids

The Perseids are upon us — and as you're looking out for shooting stars, look for Jupiter and Saturn low in the southeast as soon as night begins to fall.

Moon-Jupiter-Saturn in July 2020

Night Sky Sights

July 2020: Welcome Jupiter & Saturn

July's 11-minute Sky Tour astronomy podcast describes what to see in the summer sky in a casual, engaging way that your whole family can enjoy.

Moon near Jupiter and Saturn on June 8-9, 2020

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

June 2020: Stars of Early Summer

Our 10-minute Sky Tour astronomy podcast guides you to planets, stars, and constellations in the early-summer sky in a casual, engaging way that your whole family can enjoy.

Venus & Mercury on May 21 2020

Night Sky Sights

May 2020: Venus & Mercury at Dusk

Would you like to learn your way around the night sky in just 10 minutes? This month's Sky Tour astronomy podcast helps you to navigate all across the late-spring sky like a stargazing veteran. No experience or equipment needed!

S&T's solar eclipse globe

Astronomy Products

An Eclipse Globe for the 21st Century

Sky & Telescope, in partnership with Great American Eclipse, presents the first-ever solar eclipse globe — showing the paths of 75 total and hybrid solar eclipses through the year 2100.

Sky Tour podcast: Moon and planets at dawn April 2020

Night Sky Sights

April 2020: Planets Aplenty

This month's Sky Tour astronomy podcast highlights how Venus flirts with the Pleiades star cluster after sunset, then leads you to views of Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars together in the predawn sky.

Celestial News & Events

March 2020: A Planet Trio and More!

During March, the cosmos offers a lot to see both before sunrise and after sunset. To get a guided tour of the month's highlights, play or download this month's Sky Tour episode.

Moon and 3 planets Feb 18-20 480p

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

February 2020: Five Planets & More!

If you drag yourself outside before dawn and then wait until after sunset, you can spot all five of the naked-eye planets. And the Winter Hexagon glides high in the evening sky.

Totality on August 21, 2017

Eclipses

Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2020

Six eclipses occur in 2020, with one total and one annular solar eclipse in the mix. But the four lunar eclipses will be disappointing brushes through the fringe of Earth's shadow.

Mars and Venus in January 2020

Celestial News & Events

January 2020: Mid-winter Wonders

New Year's resolution: Do more stargazing! (Hint: Get an easy and entertaining head start by downloading this month's Sky Tour podcast for a guided tour of the night sky.)

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