Multi-wavelength view of NGC 6946, the Fireworks Galaxy
Baily's Beads around the Moon
Solar eclipse sequence
Proper eye protection is needed for safe eclipse viewing
The Sun sets behind a NASA WB-57F Canberra research aircraft

StarDate Radio: August 23 — Disappearing Star

NGC 6946 is both beautiful and busy. It’s a spiral galaxy that we see face-on, providing a glorious view of...More »

StarDate Radio: August 22 — Hyperactive Galaxy

Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, is a giant spiral that contains hundreds of billions of stars. And every now...More »

Stargazing: August 22

A faint scientific instrument scoots low across the south at this time of year. Microscopium was one of 12 constellations...More »

StarDate Radio: August 21 — Eclipse Day

Many skywatchers have been planning for this day for years. The Moon will pass directly between Earth and Sun today,...More »

Stargazing: August 21

The Moon will pass directly between Earth and Sun today, creating a total solar eclipse from Oregon to South Carolina....More »

StarDate Radio: August 20 — Ready for the Eclipse

For millions of skywatchers in the United States tomorrow, day will briefly turn to night as the Moon passes in...More »

Stargazing: August 20

The Moon will eclipse the Sun tomorrow, briefly turning day to night across part of the United States. It’s completely...More »

StarDate Radio: August 19 — Eclipse Predictions

The Great American Eclipse is coming up on Monday. The Moon will briefly cover the Sun, turning day to...More »

Stargazing: August 19

The Great American Eclipse is coming up on Monday. The Moon will briefly cover the Sun, turning day to night...More »

StarDate Radio: August 18 — Eclipse Watching

Venus, the “morning star,” looks down on the Moon at first light tomorrow. It’s one of the most beautiful of...More »

Stargazing: August 18

Venus, the “morning star,” looks down on the Moon at first light tomorrow. The Moon is headed toward an even...More »

StarDate Radio: August 17 — More Eclipse Science

The B-57 Canberra has been taking to the skies since the Korean War. Today, only three of the aircraft remain....More »

Stargazing: August 17

The “morning star” stands to the lower left of the crescent Moon before dawn tomorrow. Although it looks like a...More »

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