Vesta from 6,500 miles


Bulletin at a Glance

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

A Closer Peek at Vesta

July 22, 2011 | This week, Earth was hit by a barrage of intriguing images of Vesta. Courtesy NASA’s asteroid-probe, Dawn! > read more

Hubble Spots New Moon Orbiting Pluto

July 20, 2011 | Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a new moon orbiting the icy planet Pluto. > read more

Sky & Telescope September 2011

July 22, 2011 | Sky & Telescope‘s September 2011 issue is now available to digital subscribers. > read more

Massive Meteorite Found in China

July 22, 2011 | A team of Chinese researchers trekked to a remote mountaintop in the Xinjiang region and identified one of the largest meteorites known. > read more

A New Radio Observatory in Space

July 18, 2011 | With the long-awaited (and long-overdue) launch of Russia’s Spektr-R spacecraft, radio astronomers can look forward to resolving never-before-possible details in the dynamic cores of active galaxies and other exotic targets. > read more


Vesta's path in 2011

Sky & Telescope diagram

Ceres and Vesta in 2011

May 20, 2011 | The two brightest asteroids are fairly close to each other in 2011. Click here for instructions and charts to find them. > read more

Tour July’s Sky by Eye and Ear!

June 30, 2011 | Look low in the west at sunset to spy fleet Mercury, toward southwest for Saturn, and in the south for red-hued Antares, the “rival of Mars.” > read more

Interactive Sky Chart is Unavailable

June 3, 2011 | Our popular Interactive Sky Chart will be unavailable for an indeterminate period. > read more

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

Bright twilight!

This Week’s Sky at a Glance

July 22, 2011 | Saturn is sinking at dusk, Jupiter is climbing ever higher in the early morning, and the bright asteroid Vesta — accompanied by NASA’s DAWN spacecraft! — is nearing opposition. > read more


Texas Star Party 2009

Todd Hargis / Ron Ronhaar

Let the Star Parties Begin!

April 14, 2011 | Want to gaze at the Milky Way all night or peer into the eyepiece of a 12-foot-tall telescope? Then escape the city lights and head for the nearest “star party.” > read more

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