Uh-Oh! A "Blue Moon" Ends the OOs
On New Year's Eve, a full Moon will rise for the second time this month (the first time was on December 2nd). Many people call the second full Moon in a calendar month a "Blue Moon" — but it didn't start out that way.
Leonid Meteor Shower To Perform Late Tonight
The Leonid meteor shower peaks near new Moon in 2009, making this a fine year for any meteor lover. Observers in the Americas are ideally placed for the traditional peak, and a brief, unusually intense burst is forecast for Asia.
The Great 2012 Scare — and What You Need To Know
The world won't end on December 21, 2012, but you're probably already getting lots of questions about it.
How To Find Comet Lulin This Week
Comet Lulin is nearest and brightest this week, and it's in a dark, moonless sky. Use our exclusive sky chart to find it with binoculars or a telescope!
Dazzling Planet Duo Beckons in Evening Twilight
As November ends, Jupiter and Venus perform a dazzling dance in the evening twilight — and they're joined by a slender crescent Moon on December 1st.
Astronomers Re-Date Caesar's Invasion of Britain
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Donald W. Olson, Department of Physics, Texas State University 512-245-2131, [email protected] Roger W. Sinnott, Senior Editor, Sky & Telescope 855-638-5388 x2146, [email protected] Cambridge, MA, June 30, 2008 — Researchers from Texas State University have revised the date when Julius Caesar invaded Britain in 55 BC, a…
Sky & Telescope Appoints Robert P. Naeye Editor-in-Chief
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Joel Toner VP & Publishing Director, New Track Media 855-638-5388 x2124, [email protected] Cambridge, MA, April 29, 2008 — Sky & Telescope magazine, the iconic publisher of astronomy periodicals and books, announced today that it has appointed Robert P. Naeye to the position of Editor-in-Chief, succeeding Richard…
A "Prime-Time" Lunar Eclipse
The entire Moon will dive through Earth's shadow on the night of February 20th, for the last time until December 2010.
Tuesday's Total Lunar Eclipse Favors Far West
Night owls and early risers have a chance to see the full Moon go dark before dawn on August 28th.
Perseid Meteors to Peak This Weekend
August 8, 2007 Contact: Alan MacRobert, Senior Editor 855-638-5388 x151, [email protected] J. Kelly Beatty, Executive Editor 855-638-5388 x148, [email protected] Note to Editors/Producers: This release is accompanied by publication-quality illustrations and broadcast-quality animations; see details below. More information for the general public is available at SkyandTelescope.com/Perseids. The Perseid meteor shower, an…
"Blue Moon" to Rise on May 31st
On Thursday, May 31st, a full Moon will rise for the second time this month (the first time was on May 2nd). Many people call the second full Moon in a calendar month a "blue Moon." Yet the definition is wrong!
Northern Spring Arrives on March 20th
Contacts: Alan M. MacRobert, Senior Editor 855-638-5388 x151, [email protected] J. Kelly Beatty, Executive Editor 855-638-5388 x148, [email protected] Note to Editors/Producers: This release is accompanied by publication-quality illustrations and broadcast-quality animations; see details below. The long, cold, snowy winter of 2006-07 officially comes to its much-anticipated end at 8:07 p.m.…
March 3rd's Lunar Eclipse Favors East Coast, Europe
Contacts: J. Kelly Beatty, Executive Editor 855-638-5388 x148, [email protected] Alan MacRobert, Senior Editor 855-638-5388 x151, [email protected] Note to Editors/Producers: This release is accompanied by high-quality graphics and an animation; see end of release. For more information, including tips on how to photograph the eclipse, please direct your readers/viewers to…
The Winter Solstice: A Time for the Sun's Rebirth
On Tuesday evening, December 21st, the Sun reaches its southernmost point in the sky for 2006, marking the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
Leonid Meteor Outburst in the Offing?
Late Saturday night, November 18, 2006, the Leonid meteor shower could produce a spectacular sky show over New York, New England, and eastern Canada.
A Rare Transit of Mercury Occurs on Nov. 8, 2006
Usually you expect to see planets at night. But in broad daylight on Wednesday, November 8th, the planet Mercury will cross the face of the Sun.
Archived Press Releases
A gateway to past press releases still available on Sky & Telescope's Web site.
Orionid Meteor Shower to Peak Oct. 20-24, 2006
The Orionid meteor shower isn't one of the year's richest, but it's pretty, producing up to 20 "shooting stars" per hour.
Sky Publishing Launches New Web Site
The publisher of Sky & Telescope and Night Sky magazines unveils a destination Web site for stargazing enthusiasts of all levels.
Sky & Telescope is known worldwide as "The Essential Magazine of Astronomy." For more than 60 years we've helped people of all ages and interest levels to appreciate the night sky by providing accurate, timely skywatching information. Our editors collectively have more than 160 years of experience at the magazine…