The world's best-selling astronomy magazine offers you the most exciting, visually stunning, and timely coverage of the heavens above. Each monthly issue includes expert science reporting, vivid color photography, complete sky coverage, spot-on observing tips, informative telescope reviews, and much more! All this in a user-friendly style that's perfect for astronomers at any level.
A renewal for stargazing
TREASURES OF THE COSMOS
OSIRIS-REX OVERFLOWS WITH SAMPLES • NASA’s daring asteroid mission collected so many rocks that the craft couldn’t contain them all.
TWISTED SOLAR SYSTEM
Tangled in a cosmic web
PLANETARY SURFACE PRESSURES
Source of fast radio bursts revealed
Simulations zoom in on dark matter
BIRTHPLACE OF THE STARS
PLANET CAPTURED IN THE LIGHT OF A DYING STAR
Sprites and elves frolic in Jupiter’s skies
The devil’s in the details • What should you really look for through the eyepiece?
TOP 10 SPACE STORIES OF 2020 • An international fleet of spacecraft set off for Mars, Crew Dragon carried astronauts to the ISS, and a global pandemic left its mark on astronomy.
NEW MARS ROVER begins its mission • Perseverance is more than just Curiosity’s double — it will hunt for ancient life, cache samples, and pave the way for human explorers.
MARS SAMPLE RETURN
FEBRUARY 2021 Twilight planets delight • THE SOLAR SYSTEM’S CHANGING LANDSCAPE AS IT APPEARS IN EARTH’S SKY.
RISING MOON • Lunar strongmen
METEOR WATCH • A dim, dusty glow
PATHS OF THE PLANETS
COMET SEARCH • Challenge versus chance
LOCATING ASTEROIDS • Buzzing the Crab
Corona light • Missed last year’s annular eclipse? We’ve got you covered with some of the best shots out there.
A RINGED ECLIPSE
AN UNFILTERED VIEW LEADS TO A REVISION
SPEND SOME TIME IN AURIGA • With three Messier objects and loads of other bright targets, the Charioteer has a lot to offer.
STUDYING GALAXIES with amateur images • Advances in our understanding of galaxy formation aren’t just coming from large, professional telescopes.
We review We review Celestron’s 60th anniversary C8 • The NexStar Evolution 8HD With StarSense, a limited-edition telescope, combines all of Celestron’s fanciest trappings to produce a superb, top-of-the-line instrument.
A sunspot bino challenge • Search for small spots with both eyes.
Bound across the sky • Lepus the Hare offers some less-explored celestial sights.
Observe Orion with ease • Even a small scope reveals this timeless winter treat.
Galactic traffic jam • Astronomy’s experts from around the globe answer your cosmic questions.
Mars hangs on at dusk