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New Horizon

Celestial News & Events

New Horizons Recruits Amateurs to Sight Stars

The New Horizons team wants you to help measure the distance to two stars, yielding the longest-ever baseline measurement of a key cosmic yardstick.

People, Places, and Events

The 2020 Chambliss Amateur Achievement Award Goes To Dennis Conti

Each year, the American Astronomical Society confers the Chambliss Amateur Achievement Award for significant astronomical research carried out by an amateur astronomer. This year the award goes to Dennis Conti of the AAVSO.

Pro-Am Collaboration

Report from the 2019 Advanced Imaging Conference

S&T Associate Editor Sean Walker gives a rundown of last week's astro-imaging conference.

Pro-Am Collaboration

Do You Take Spectra? Here's Where to Store Your Data — and Contribute to Science

A new database from the American Association of Variable Star Observers enables astronomers (amateur and professional alike) to store data from any variable object in the sky.

Transit comparison

Celestial News & Events

Citizen Science with the Transit of Mercury

If you're planning on watching the November 11th transit of Mercury, try kicking it up a notch — watch with a friend and calculate the distance between Earth and the Sun!

Pro-Am Collaboration

From Lunar Flashes to Variable Stars: Pro-Am Astronomy Projects

Track satellites, spot flashes on the Moon, monitor violent stars — learn how amateur astronomers can become involved in professional science.

Illustration of planet transit

Pro-Am Collaboration

Amateur Planet Hunters Have a New Online Resource

A database run by the American Association of Variable Star Observers will organize and archive data on transiting exoplanets collected by amateur astronomers.

Explore the Night with Bob King

How Dark Is Your Night Sky?

Traditional and digital tools can help you learn the naked-eye magnitude limit of your sky and find out if the darkness has changed at your observing site.

Astronomy and Society

The Eclipse as Seen by Citizen Scientists

Some academic and citizen-science groups came up with neat initiatives for eclipse day. Let’s find out how they did.

Pro-Am Collaboration

The Eclipse Megamovie Project

Join a citizen-science campaign on August 21st to record 90 minutes of the Sun's changing corona. You'll need your smartphone and the Megamovie Mobile app.

Brown dwarf discovered in Backyard Worlds

Citizen Science: Projects & Collaboration

Citizens Spot Cold World 100 Light-years Away

Citizen scientists have discovered a brown dwarf 100 light-years from the Sun, and more finds are sure to come from the Backyard Worlds citizen-science project.

Giant ringed planet

Celestial News & Events

Help Astronomers Track a Giant, Ringed Planet

The possible discovery of a massive ringed planet in Orion needs confirmation — and amateur astronomers can help.

Light Pollution Map - Canary Islands

Saving Dark Skies - How to Help

Starry Success: Protecting the Night Sky Above La Palma

Ten years ago, La Palma was declared a "Starlight Reserve" and measures were implemented to protect its skies from light pollution. How did they work?

Citizen Science: Projects & Collaboration

Find New Worlds, Film an Eclipse & Do Some Citizen Science!

Hankering to discover new solar systems or understand our own? These citizen science projects and public data troves will help you fill your free time.

Comet Triple Crown

Comets

Comet Campaign Seeks Imagers Worldwide

Calling all imagers! Three comets will make close flybys of Earth over the next two years. Join a new pro-am effort to make the most of this rare triple play.

Saving Dark Skies - How to Help

Measuring the Impacts of Light Pollution

Light pollution is pervasive, and its impact on people is larger than you might think.

Jupiter's appearance in February 2014

Solar System

Amateur Astro-imagers Get Ready for Juno

Planetary scientists are counting on amateur observations to enhance the results from NASA's forthcoming Juno mission.

Pro-Am Collaboration

NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Recovered from Emergency Mode

The Kepler team unexpectedly found the planet-hunting spacecraft in emergency mode on April 7th, but with the spacecraft recovered, hopes are high that its newest search, this time for rogue planets, is still on. Read on to see how amateur observations can help!

Mystery Dark Spot?

Explore the Night with Bob King

Are You Game for April's Lunar Observing Challenge?

With astronomy being celebrated around the globe this month, join the fun by participating in a unique lunar observing challenge: track down 20 features once thought to show evidence of change from weather, geology, and even life.

Milky Way from Arches National Park

Astronomy and Society

It's International Dark-Sky Week!

What began as a student's simple idea a decade ago has grown into a worldwide celebration of the night sky and easy ways to reduce light pollution.

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