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Stargazer's Corner: Adventures Under the Night Sky

Medium of the Light Bucket

Telescope operator Carla Johns is a medium to the stars.

Temple of the Moon

Eclipses

Plan Ahead for the 2023 Annular Solar Eclipse — and a Visit to Dark Sky Parks

If today’s solar eclipse has you wondering when the next one will cross the continent, start planning now for a stellar trip around October 14, 2023.

Venus and Mars in the western twilight, June 21, 2021

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, June 18 – 26

Summer begins. The Honey Moon poses with Spica, Scorpius, and the Teapot as it waxes from gibbous through full this week. Venus lines up, briefly, with Castor and Pollux

M56 globular

Night Sky Sights

Summer Nights Offer Splendid Sights in Lyra

Lyra, the Lyre, offers a wonderful assortment of double stars and deep-sky objects to keep you up at night. Break out your binoculars and telescope and join me for a summertime ramble.

Red nova

Variable Stars

Bright Nova in Hercules on a Roller Coaster Ride

A new bright nova discovered in Hercules at 8th magnitude briefly rose to naked-eye visibility. It's currently easily visible in a pair of binoculars.

Celestial News & Events

Chasing the Sun at 39,000 Feet

Sky & Telescope's annular-eclipse flight chased down the "ring of fire" eclipse in the skies above Canada for breathtaking views.

Moon, Mars, Venus in twilight, June 11-12, 2021

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, June 11 – 19

The crescent Moon passes Venus, Pollux, Castor, and Mars in the evening twilight. The Big Dipper hangs down; the Little Dipper floats up. And greet the "Betelgeuse of summer."

Annular eclipse

Celestial News & Events

A Sunrise Annular Solar Eclipse

Even if you're not in the path of annularity during the June 10th solar eclipse, get ready for a sunrise spectacle.

Mars, Pollux, Castor in twilight, early June 2021

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, June 4 – 12

Pollux and Castor slide down past Mars in the west, while Venus, shining brightly below, tries to hog attention. On the other side of the sky, the enormous arch of the Milky Way hoves into view after dark behind the Summer Triangle.

Moon Venus Mars on June 11-13, 2021

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

June: Solar Eclipse & Colorful Stars

June features long days and short nights in the Northern Hemisphere, so download our narrated Sky Tour astronomy podcast to make the most of the abbreviated dark hours after sunset. Special event: a partial solar eclipse on June 10th!

Venus-Mercury conjunction at dusk, May 28, 2021

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 28 – June 5

Venus and Mercury conjoin in the post-sunset afterglow as Mercury fades away; bring binoculars! Arcturus stands over Spica. The Scorpion rears up, and the Big Dipper floats on high.

Celestial Objects to Observe

A Jupiter Almanac

Find information on observing Jupiter during its 2021 apparition, including information on its moons and Great Red Spot transit predictions.

Night Sky Sights

Dawn Delight: Catch the Total Lunar Eclipse on May 26th

On May 26th the Moon will be in total eclipse for the first time in nearly two and a half years. While timing favors western North America, a partial eclipse will be visible across much of the U.S. and Canada at dawn.

Jupiter on May 17, 2021

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 21 – 29

The Moon waxes from gibbous to supermoon-eclipse full. Low at dusk, Venus and Mercury close in on each other. Nova Cas has dropped back. And at dawn, Jupiter and Saturn climb a bit into slightly better view.

Moon passing Mars in Gemini, May 15-16, 2021

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 14 – 22

The crescent Moon waxes across the evening sky, pairing with Mars in upright-standing Gemini and then, four days later, with Leo's forefoot Regulus. In a telescope, Jupiter and Saturn are becoming not quite so fuzzy as they gain more altitude in early dawn.

Lunar craters for timing

Astronomy and Stargazing Projects

Useful Projects for a Lunar Eclipse

Here's all you need to know to help us measure the size of Earth's shadow during the total lunar eclipse on Jan. 20–21, 2019.

V1405 Cas scene

Celestial News & Events

Nova in Cassiopeia Brightens Suddenly

A star in the constellation Cassiopeia that flared into view during mid-March has erupted to naked-eye visibility. Catch it while you can!

Moon, Mercury, Venus at dusk, May 12-13, 2021

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 7 – 15

Mercury and low Venus adorn the west after sunset, with the crescent Moon soon to join them. Night brings the big Diamond of Virgo and Summer Triangle. Nova Cassiopeiae rebrightens. And Comet Atlas is in evening view with a 6-inch telescope.

HD 122563 closeup

Night Sky Sights

In Search of Ancient Suns

We track down and admire five of the most ancient stars in the universe.

Moon-Mercury-Venus on May 12-13

Sky Tour Astronomy Podcast

May: Halley Bits & Lunar Eclipse

Exciting celestial events will happen during May, so download our narrated Sky Tour astronomy podcast to find out about this month's Eta Aquariid meteor shower and a total lunar eclipse.

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