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Astronomy & Observing News

AAS Journals Will Switch to Open Access in 2022

Research results in astronomy, solar physics, and planetary science are about to become more widely accessible to scientists and the public alike. The American Astronomical Society (AAS) today announced the switch of the Society’s prestigious journals to fully open access as of 1 January 2022.

Under this change, all articles in the AAS journal portfolio will be immediately open for anyone to freely read. The transition will affect the Astronomical Journal (AJ), the Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), Astrophysical Journal Letters (ApJL), and the Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series (ApJS).

Blue Moon

“True” Blue Moon Occurs Sunday, August 22nd

If skies are clear this weekend, we’ll see the full Moon. And not just any old full Moon, but the Blue Moon — the “true” Blue Moon.

People, Places, and Events

S&T Editor Wins Planetary Science Writing Award

Science Editor Camille Carlisle has won the Division of Planetary Science’s Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award for “Rugged Worlds,” the cover story of the May 2020 issue of Sky & Telescope.

Perseid radiant

Perseid meteor shower

Perfect for the Perseids

It’s August and that means the Perseid meteor shower! One of the year’s most beloved celestial events peaks on Wednesday night−Thursday morning, August 11–12.

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Beyond the Printed Page

Finder Charts for "Meet the Neighbors" in the October 2021 issue

If you read Steve Gottlieb's article in the October 2021 issue of Sky & Telescope entitled "Meet the Neighbors: The Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal Family," you likely followed the link for more finder charts. We include an updated finder chart (that appears on page 28) with a revised position for Wray…

Finder for Going Deep October 2021

Beyond the Printed Page

Going Deep October 2021: Finder Charts for Arp Galaxies

Use these finders to locate the Arp targets discussed in the Going Deep column in the October 2021 issue.

Astronomy Questions & Answers

What Is a Star Party, and Where Can I Find One?

Texas Star Party upper field, 2009.Ron Ronhaar and Todd Hargis If you're an amateur astronomer and planning a vacation for your family, consider planning a vacation around a star party. Deep-sky star parties — as opposed to more traditional, general-interest conventions — have become a permanent part of the amateur…

Annular eclipse May 1994

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Sunrise Stunner: Annular Solar Eclipse of June 10th

Two weeks after a total eclipse of the Moon, skywatchers in some parts of North America will witness an annular or partial eclipse of the Sun.

Lunar Eclipse

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Everything You Need to Know for the May 26th Morning Lunar Eclipse

The total lunar eclipse of May 26th — the first in more than two years — favors western North America, but much of the continent will see the partial phases, provided skies are clear.

artist's conception of the parker solar probe floating in front of the sun

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S&T Writers Win Two Science Journalism Awards

This year’s solar physics communication prizes recognize two pieces from Sky & Telescope magazine.

Beyond the Printed Page

Finders for "Southerly Planetary Nebulae"

Find close-up finders for 16 targets covered in Don Ferguson's observing article in the June 2021 issue of Sky & Telescope.

Astronomy & Observing News

This Week in Astronomy Pictures: A Magnetic Whirlpool, Windblown Jets & More

Whether you're here for eye candy or a more cosmic perspective, these astronomy pictures released this week will do the trick.

Jupiter and Saturn in conjunction

Conjunction

Jupiter and Saturn Have Historic Dusk Encounter

Don't miss the upcoming close conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21st!

Geminid meteor shower radiant

Geminid meteors

Great Show Expected for the Geminids

Don’t miss the best meteor shower of the year. Catch the Geminid meteors as they peak on the moonless night of December 13–14.

Full Moon

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Blue Moon for Halloween

Enjoy the Blue Moon on Halloween night!

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Mars at Its Biggest and Brightest Until 2035

This is a big week for Mars: It will be at its closest to Earth on October 6th and at opposition on October 13th.

Planets

Ice Giants: Neptune and Uranus

Spot Uranus and Neptune, and relive the original discoveries.

Colorful Perseid fireball

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Prepare for the Perseids

The annual Perseid meteor shower is upon us. The peak is expected to occur during the night of August 11–12.

Astronomy and Society

A Message from Sky & Telescope

The staff of Sky & Telescope outline an action plan for making the night sky open to all. Feedback from the community is welcome!

Comet at dawn

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A Bright New Visitor: How to Spot Comet NEOWISE

The July sky holds a shy but lovely newcomer to our neck of the universe, and you can see it for yourself very low in the northeast as dawn begins to brighten. But you’ll need to know what to look for, and binoculars will help.

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