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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.


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?

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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.



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!

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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.

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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.

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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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Press Releases

Two Solar Eclipses Are Coming to America

Exactly one year from today, the first of two major solar eclipses just six months apart will occur over the Americas.

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Press Releases

Planet Parade to Grace the Dawn Sky this Month

All five naked-eye planets will line up in the dawn sky in June. Not only that, they’ll also be in their proper order from the Sun.


Total Solar Eclipse: April 8, 2024

[wpcdt-countdown id="255507501161"] On April 8, 2024, North America will be in for a real treat: a total solar eclipse. That’s when the Moon will blot out our nearest star for lucky viewers along a narrow strip of land that stretches from central Mexico, across Texas, up through New England, and…

People, Places, and Events

S&T Authors Win Science Journalism Awards

Two Sky & Telescope authors have won prestigious awards recognizing excellence in science journalism.

Press Releases

Sunday Night's Total Lunar Eclipse

North American skywatchers can see the Moon turn a reddish hue as it flirts with Earth’s shadow on the night of May 15–16.

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Four Things to Know About the Next Solar Eclipse

Prepare for the 2020 solar eclipse with these basic facts and other resources.

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How to Watch a Solar Eclipse Safely

Our star is an amazing object to observe, whether by eye or with optical aid. These time-tested tips will let you see the solar disk worry-free.

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