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.

January’s Total Lunar Eclipse

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, the first total lunar eclipse in more than two years graces the skies above North America. The Western United States, including Alaska and Hawaiʻi, has the best view.

Colorful Perseid fireball

The Best Meteor Showers in 2018

More than a dozen times each year, we experience a pulse of "shooting stars" from an annual meteor shower. Sky & Telescope predicts that the two best meteor showers in 2018 will be the Perseids in mid-August and the Geminids in mid-December.

Full moon

What to See with Your New Telescope

Maybe you just got a shiny new telescope to call your own. Congratulations — you could be on your way to discovering many amazing, far, deep things in the night sky. Although most of them are so far and faint that just locating and detecting them is the challenge! Whether your new scope is a…