Popular Astronomy (US magazine)

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This article is about American magazine published from 1893-1951. For the British magazine, see Popular Astronomy (UK magazine).

Popular Astronomy was a magazine for amateur astronomers published between 1893 and 1951. It was the successor to The Sidereal Messenger, which ceased publication in 1892. Each yearly volume of Popular Astronomy contained 10 issues, for a total of 59 volumes.

The first editor, from 1893-1911, was William W. Payne of Carleton College. He was followed by Herbert C. Wilson. Charlotte R. Willard served as co-editor from 1893-1905.

The magazine played an important role in the development of amateur variable star observing in the United States.[1]


  1. ^ Smith, Horace A. (October 1980), "Popular Astronomy Magazine and the Development of Variable Star Observing in the United States", The Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 9: 40–42