Top Astronomy and Space Magazines

There are many absorbing publications that can help stargazers at all levels stay informed about astronomy. Here are five favorites that deal with astronomy and astronomers as well as space exploration from the early days into the future. You can find telescope tips, stargazing hints, Q&A sections, star charts, and much more.

Many of these have been around for a number of years, gaining respectable reputations as reliable sources of the science and hobby of astronomy. These are most popular in the United States and Canada, and each one has a thriving web presence, as well. 

Check them out and see which one fits your needs the best.

Edited by Carolyn Collins Petersen

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Sky & Telescope

Sky & Telecope Magazine. Sky&Telescope/F+W Media

Sky & Telescope Magazine has been around since 1941. It began as The Amateur Astronomer in 1928, which then became The Sky. In 1941. it merged with another publication called The Telescope, and became Sky & Telescope. It grew quickly through the years of World War II, teaching people how to become observers of the night sky. It continues to carry a mix of astronomy "how to" articles, as well as topics in astronomy research and space flight. 

I find they break things down to a simple enough level that even I can figure it out, whether it's how to select and use a telescope to tips on how to find objects in the sky. S&T covers the full range of astronomy, from amateur to professional.

Sky Publishing also offers books, star charts, and other productions through its Web site. The company's editors lead eclipse tours and often give talks at various star parties. 

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Astronomy Magazine

Astronomy Magazine. Astronomy/Kalmbach Publications

The first issue, published in August 1973, was 48 pages long and had five feature articles, plus information about what to see in the night sky that month. Since that time, Astronomy Magazine has grown into one of the preeminent magazines of astronomy in the world. It long billed itself as "the most beautiful astronomy magazine in the world" because it went out of its way to feature gorgeous space images.

Like many other magazines, it features star charts, as well as tips on buying telescopes, and peeks at big astronomy.

Astronomy also sponsors tours to astronomically interesting sites on Earth, including eclipse tours and trips to observatories.

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Air and Space

Air & Space January 2011 Cover. Smithsonian

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is one of my favorite museums in the world. It contains artifacts from the age of flight, the space age, and even some interesting science fiction exhibits for such programs as Star Trek. It's located in Washington, D.C. and has two components: the NASM on the National Mall, and the Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport. The Mall museum also has the Albert Einstein Planetarium.

When I can't visit there, Air & Space Magazine is the next best thing. Plus, it contains fascinating articles about new great achievements and technology in the aviation and space fields. It's a handy way to keep up with what's new in space flight and aeronautics. 

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SkyNews Magazine

SkyNews Magazine is Canada's astronomy magazine. SkyNews

SkyNews is Canada's premier astronomy magazine. It began publication in 1995, edited by Canadian science writer Terence Dickenson. It contains star charts, tips for observing, and stories of particular interest to Canadian observers. Online, SkyNews features a photo of the week, information on getting started in astronomy, and many other features. Check it out for the latest in stargazing tips keyed to observing in Canada. 

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Science News

Science News covers all sciences and always features stories in astronomy. Science News

Science News is a weekly magazine that covers all sciences, including astronomy and space exploration. It is the magazine of the Society for Science & the Public, a group that fosters science research and education. Science News also has a very well-developed Web presence and is quite useful for teachers and students, as well as those interested in keeping up with the sciences in a general way. 

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