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Welcome to the new Sky & Telescope web store. We’ve been offline since August but are thrilled to be back up and running.

Transitioning our web infrastructure from the previous owner proved to be much harder and more complicated than we imagined. We apologize to each and every one of you for this delay, but we took our time to make sure everything would work correctly so that your browsing and purchasing experience is as easy as possible. We may not be Amazon, but our goal is to bring you unique products as easily and quickly as possible. We view ourselves as part of the community we serve, so getting things right is important.

As you know, the Sky & Telescope team works hard to bring interesting, valuable, and fun products to you, our community of astronomy enthusiasts. In the coming months we will roll out some new items as we get them developed and produced (like the eagerly anticipated eclipse-track Earth globe — it’s awesome!). If you have ideas about other items you might like us to produce or carry, let us know. Although we can’t promise to do everything, we’ll carefully review any ideas we receive.

Thanks for your ongoing support of Sky & Telescope!

Peter Tyson, Editor in Chief, Sky & Telescope
Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer, American Astronomical Society

How to Download and Play Video Files

How do I download my video file?
Site members can log into the My Account section of Choose 'My Downloadable Products' and you will see the downloads you have purchased. Click the link under the Title of your download to open or play your video file. You may also right-click and choose to Save the file to your computer.

Large videos files may take extra time to fully download.


Apple exclusively allows videos to be directly downloaded from the iTunes iPad App to the iPad. Our downloads will be streamed using a Quicktime web application and will not be saved to the iPad.

What programs can I use to play my video files?
There are a number of video players to choose from, but here are some recommendations for common free video players. Click a link below to learn more about or download a video player.

How can I import my video into iTunes?
First, make sure Apple iTunes is installed on your computer.

  1. Download the video file to a place on your computer where you can easily find it.
  2. Start iTunes.
  3. Under the File menu, select Add File to Library

  4. Locate the folder where you downloaded the video file, click on the video file to select it, then click Open.

  5. iTunes will copy the file into your iTunes library. This may take a minute or so. NOTE: iTunes actually makes a copy of your video file and store it in its own library. If you want to save space on your computer, you may delete the original file that you downloaded. The full video will remain within iTunes and you may access it there from then on.
  6. You will now find your video in the Movies section within iTunes.

  7. To play the movie, just click on the Movies section, then double-click on the video you want to play. The video will begin playing automatically.
  8. Use the controls at the top of the page to adjust the volume, pause, fast-forward, or rewind. If you put your cursor over the video as it is playing, the same controls also appear below the video. IMPORTANT: To close the video and get back to your list, put the cursor over the video. A white X will appear in the upper-right corner. Click this to close the video.