artist's concept of ancient venus
radio telescopes scan the skies for signs of intelligent life
Milky Way above Glacier National Park
VLT view of young planet orbiting the star PDS 70

StarDate Radio: July 16 — Deadly Blasts

The death of a star can produce some spectacular fireworks. The star blasts all or most of itself into space,...More »

StarDate Radio: July 15 — Moon and Venus

Venus is just about the most inhospitable place you can imagine. Its surface is hot enough to melt lead, the...More »

Stargazing: July 15

Venus, the dazzling “evening star,” lines up close to the crescent Moon this evening. Venus shines so brightly in part...More »

StarDate Radio: July 14 — Evening Quartet

Evening twilight is a special time of day. The day’s heat begins to abate, and the sounds begin to soften....More »

Stargazing: July 14

The Moon, two planets, and a bright star line up in the west as night falls. The planet Mercury is...More »

Stargazing: July 13

Teapot-shaped Sagittarius is in the southeast at nightfall. The steam above the teapot’s spout includes two nebulae that are giving...More »

StarDate Radio: July 13 — Hunting Aliens

The search for aliens keeps coming up empty. Wide scans for signs of intelligent life have heard nothing. And so...More »

Stargazing: July 12

The little planet Mercury stands farthest from the Sun for its current evening appearance tonight. It looks like a fairly...More »

StarDate Radio: July 12 — Selective Viewing

The stars that are visible to the unaided eye aren’t representative of the galaxy as a whole -- far from...More »

StarDate Radio: July 11 — Palomar 5

Our solar system inhabits the bright disk of a giant spiral galaxy, the Milky Way. The disk is surrounded by...More »

Stargazing: July 11

The “solar highway” curves low across the south on July evenings, outlining the path the Sun will follow during fall...More »

StarDate Radio: July 10 — IRS 7

The constellation Sagittarius climbs low across the south on summer evenings. Its brightest stars form the outline of a teapot....More »

Stargazing: July 10

The constellation Sagittarius climbs low across the south on summer evenings. Its brightest stars form the outline of a teapot....More »

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