How To : Make an astronomical journal

Keep your stargazing sights and new experiences logged in a journal. Watch Amateur Astronomy for Beginners - The Astronomical Journal. A few suggestions on what to write: 1) Date and time (local time and universal time). 2) Weather and sky conditions (is it windy or cloudy? ...more

How To : Use a planisphere and binoculars for stargazing

This video gives you some advice for beginning your hobby in amateur astronomy and how to use a planisphere and a pair of binoculars in this Amateur Astronomy for Beginners - Planisphere and Binoculars. Always remember that the most important tools are your eyes. Go out under ...more

News : Astronomical Observing News (4/4 to 4/10)

There isn't much going on this week, but be sure to try viewing the Spica-moon conjunction. It will be hard to view with the full moon, but it will be spectacular if you can snag a peak. April 6: Spica-moon Conjunction, full moon April 7: Io transit; moon at perigee (358,313 ...more

News : Milky Way Over Abandoned Kilns

From Astronomy Picture of the Day, Milky Way Over Abandoned Kilns by Tom McEwan. McEwan shot some historic kilns in rural Nevada, stitching together a panoramic "digital conglomerate of five separate images taken in early June from the same location. Visible above the unusual ...more

How To : Use telescopes

Telescopes help amateur astronomers view the stars and see the universe. Learn how to use and care for a telescope from an observatory director in this free astronomy video. Part 1 of 15 - How to Use telescopes. Use telescopes - Part 2 of 15. Click through to watch this video ...more

How To : Collect meteorites

Astronomy editor David J. Eicher shares treasures from his personal meteorite collection and gives advice on starting your own.

News : The Cosmic Connection

The recent report of the ubiquity of extrasolar planets coupled with the fact that it bodes well for searches for life friendly Earth twins, brought me back to my reading of Carl Sagan's 1966 Intelligent Life In The Universe and later article in Sky & Telescope where he came u ...more

News : Geminid Meteor Shower Starts Monday (12/12 to 12/16)

Since the Geminid Meteor shower is intensifying more every year, grab your binoculars and lay down in a field to enjoy the show! If you are going to observe one day, do it on the peak: December 14th. The shower is caused by Palladian asteroid 3200 Phaethon. This, along with t ...more

News : Astronomical Observing News (02/01 - 02/06)

This week's AON might be a little short, but finally, the Garradd comet's peak has come! I picked the Garradd comet to follow because it's a bright and easy-to-follow comet. Be sure to observe it! If you need help finding it, you can find more information here. Until March: T ...more

HowTo : Measure the Distance from the Earth to the Moon

Measuring the distance from the Earth to the moon doesn't require NASA equipment. The ancient Greeks did it, which means 2,000 years later, you can do it, too. It works something like this: "Many people have held up a round object and let it block the Sun. Most of the time, ...more

FROM THE HUBBLE : Sun Devours Planet

Hubble Catches Star Consuming Its Planet Hubble Telescope has discovered a planet-eating star.  According to NASA, the star is currently consuming the planet Wasp-12b.  But don't worry about missing this phenemona. Scientists say the star could take 10 million years to swal ...more

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