After sunset, Mars and Saturn join the star Antares in the southwest — while Venus and Jupiter create a dramatically "double star" low in the west.
Use a telescope to spot Mercury's silhouette crossing the Sun's disk on May 9th for the first time since 2006. View it live using S&T's exclusive webcast.
A nearby comet is moving into view for Northern Hemisphere skywatchers. Despite bright moonlight nearby, you can try to spot it with binoculars and Sky & Telescope's exclusive finder chart.
If it’s clear this coming Sunday and Monday nights, keep a lookout high overhead for the "shooting stars" of the Geminid meteor shower.
Sky & Telescope magazine predicts that the Perseid shower will be at its peak late on Wednesday night (late on August 12th and early morning on the 13th).
After gradually draw closer for weeks, Venus and Jupiter culminate their celestial dance with a dramatically close pairing — just 1⁄3° apart — in the western sky after sunset on Tuesday, June 30th.
Before sunrise on Saturday, April 4th, the Moon skims just inside Earth's deepest shadow during a total eclipse that last only about 12 minutes. Circumstances favor locations in western North America and across the Pacific.
With a small telescope and good sky charts, you can watch a sizable near-Earth asteroid glide among the stars on the night of January 26–27.
Two weeks after seeing a total lunar eclipse in the wee hours of October 8th, skywatchers across North America get to witness (weather permitting) a partial solar eclipse on October 23rd.
Peter Tyson, formerly Editor in Chief of NOVA Online, has been appointed Editor in Chief of Sky & Telescope, with responsibility for the brand’s print, digital, and video products.