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Sheets of aurorae

Astronomy & Observing News

See Photos of the Widespread Aurorae Last Weekend

An extreme (G5) geomagnetic storm hit Earth last weekend, delighting viewers as far south as Florida with green and red curtains of light.

People, Places, and Events

Sky & Telescope Joins the Northeast Astronomy Forum

Sky & Telescope met with readers old and new at the annual Northeast Astronomy Forum.

Astronomy and Society

The Totality Experience: S&T’s Eclipse Stories

With Sky & Telescope’s editors and writers scattered across the eclipse path, we have dozens of stories to share. Here are a few.

Total Solar Eclipse Madras, Oregon

Celestial News & Events

11 Things to Take With You the Day of the Solar Eclipse

You might have your eclipse-viewing plans all worked out, but have you thought about all the other things you might need?

Press Releases

It's Showtime! April's Total Solar Eclipse Is Upon Us!

The much-anticipated April 8th total solar eclipse is finally here!

Astronomy & Observing News

Top 10 Astronomy News Stories of 2023

This year, we heard the low hum of gravitational waves criss-crossing the cosmos, observed a "ring of fire" solar eclipse, and applauded the arrival of asteroid samples. Here are Sky & Telescope's picks for the top news stories in astronomy this year.

Geminid meteor shower radiant

Geminid meteor shower

A Great Year for the Geminids

It’s December and that means one of the best celestial events will grace the skies. The Geminid meteor shower should peak in a moonless sky between Wednesday and Thursday, December 13–14.

People, Places, and Events

AAS Quasquicentennial: Celebrating 125 Years in 2024

The American Astronomical Society is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Visit the AAS site to learn more about this exciting milestone.

Cloudy partial eclipse

Astronomy and Society

Annular Solar Eclipse Dazzles Watchers Across North America

The weekend's solar eclipse dazzled observers throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Sky & Telescope editors and contributing editors report.

Annular eclipse

Eclipses

Where to Watch the October 14th Annular Solar Eclipse Online

If you can't see the annular solar eclipse in person, we've got some online viewing opportunities for you.

a thin circle of yellow light around a black circle on a black background

Annular solar eclipse 2023

"Ring of Fire" Solar Eclipse Comes to the Americas on October 14th

A solar eclipse will soon grace the skies over the Americas. On Saturday, October 14, 2023, the Moon will cross in front of the Sun, covering at most 90% of it — the remaining 10% will appear as a blazing “ring of fire” around the Moon’s black silhouette.

Perseid Meteor Shower

meteor shower

A Banner Year for the Perseid Meteor Shower

It’s August and that means one of the year’s most beloved celestial events will grace the skies. The Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend on Saturday night−Sunday morning, August 12−13.

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.

Total Solar Eclipse Madras, Oregon

Press Releases

Countdown Begins for the Great North American Solar Eclipse!

On Monday, April 8, 2024, the Moon will pass directly between Earth and the Sun, creating a total solar eclipse like the one that crossed the United States on August 21, 2017. At T minus 1 year, the countdown has begun!

People, Places, and Events

The Northeast Astronomy Forum Is Back in 2023

The Northeast Astronomy Forum in Suffern, NY, welcomes visitors from across the world on April 15–16, and we'll be there — will you?

Zoom ins on massive galaxy cluster show tiny red dots, distant galaxies that resemble nearby

Galaxies

New Observations Reveal Galaxies Near and Far

Astronomers at this month's big winter conference explored intriguing small galaxies at various points in cosmic history.

Pandora

Celestial Objects to Observe

The Moons of the Solar System

Not so long ago, astronomers thought only a few dozen moons orbited the planets of our solar system. Today, the total count tops 170!

Mars close-up beneath the Moon

Celestial News & Events

Observing Report: Moon Occults Mars

Sky & Telescope editors report their observations of last night's celestial event: Mars grazing or disappearing behind the Moon.

Mars Occultation December 2022 Sky Scene

Mars

See Bright Mars Wink Out Behind the Moon

The night of December 7–8 will be an exciting one for fans of the Red Planet. Not only will Mars be at opposition, but the full Moon will blot it out of the sky for many locations on Earth.

Lunar eclipse in Sept 2015 Walker

Press Releases

Get Ready for Tuesday's Total Lunar Eclipse

The total lunar eclipse of November 8th favors western North America, but the whole continent will enjoy much of the spectacle, provided skies are clear.

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