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Night sky news

When you head outdoors tonight, take Sky & Telescope's podcast with you for a guided tour to the night sky. Learn what constellations are visible, find out where and when you'll see the planets, and catch each month's celestial highlights, from meteor showers to eclipses.
  1. As August 21st's awesome solar eclipse draws nearer, it's a great time to get valuable basic tips on how to photograph this spectacle — even with your smartphone — from Fred Espenak, a.k.a. "Mr. Eclipse," duringS&T's live webinar on Tuesday, April 25th.

    The post Fred Espenak’s Webinar on Basic Eclipse Photography appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  2. The annual Lyrid meteor shower will add some pop and sizzle to Saturday's pre-dawn sky. With little interference from the Moon, conditions are ideal for meteor watching.

    The post Lyrids to Put on a Weekend Light Show appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  3. 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 are caught in a net of robotic telescopes and join the ranks of nearly 16,000 […]

    The post See a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid From Your Backyard appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  4. Dawn comet C/2015 ER61 PanSTARRS just underwent a bright outburst and is now an easy binocular object. Take a look before the Moon returns!

    The post Comet PanSTARRS (C/2015 ER61) in Outburst and Binocular Bright appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  5. As you'll hear in this month's podcast, April is a time when it's easy to spot a lion, a sea serpent, and two bears in the evening sky.

    The post Tour April’s Sky: Critters on the March appeared first on Sky & Telescope.