Observing News & Current Celestial Events

Sky & Telescope is your one-stop shop for the latest in celestial events. Whether you want to find out how to observe a new comet or are just curious about what’s in the sky tonight, we’re here to help. For more than 70 years we’ve kept our readers up to speed on eclipses, meteor showers, and the planets. When there’s a new supernova, come here to find sky charts and the latest news on how bright it is. Interested in honing your skills in astrophotography or observing techniques? We have webinars to help you learn from the experts. Wondering what the weather on the Sun has been like recently (or why you can’t see any sunspots with your solar filter)? We have you covered. From asteroids briefly blocking out stars to beautiful conjunctions of Venus and Jupiter, our blogs and podcasts will help you navigate the wonders of the night sky.

Fred Espenak Webinar: Advanced Eclipse Imaging

Want to take your eclipse-photography experience to the next level? Get tips on advanced techniques from Fred Espenak, a.k.a. "Mr. Eclipse," during S&T's live webinar on Tuesday, May 23rd. There are now just three months to go until August 21st's total eclipse of the Sun. And, like me, you're probably wondering how much time and…

Just Saying Hello

See a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid From Your Backyard

Get ready for 2014 JO25, the biggest asteroid to fly this close to Earth since 2004. Good news — even a 3-inch telescope will show it! Update: See below for a radar image and animation of 2014 JO25 captured by NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar on April 18, 2017. Every week, a handful of new Earth-approaching asteroids…

Bright Supernova Beckons

Bright Supernova Erupts in NGC 5643 in Lupus

A recently discovered supernova in Lupus now shines around magnitude +11.5, bright enough to see in a modest telescope. With photos and maps, we'll get you there. I wished I lived in Georgia and not just for the peach trees and warmer weather. No, I'd be able to get up early tomorrow morning to marvel at…