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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
North America Favored for This Week's Deep Partial Lunar Eclipse
North American observers can watch the Moon turn a reddish hue as it flirts with Earth’s shadow on the night of November 18–19 in the longest partial eclipse of the century.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
S&T Writers Win Two Science Journalism Awards
This year’s solar physics communication prizes recognize two pieces from Sky & Telescope magazine.
Jupiter and Saturn Have Historic Dusk Encounter
Don't miss the upcoming close conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21st!
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.
Blue Moon for Halloween
Enjoy the Blue Moon on Halloween night!
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.
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.
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.
The Pleiades Embrace Venus
If it’s clear this Friday evening, April 3rd, you’ll be treated to the sight of Venus and the Pleiades in an apparent cosmic embrace.