Artist's concept of Cassini crossing inside Saturn's rings
Hubble Space Telescope view of galaxy M100
Hubble Space Telescope view of galaxy NGC 6503
Artist's concept of HAT-P-7b
Evening view of Hobby-Eberly Telescope at McDonald Observatory

StarDate Radio: April 23 — Last Glance

This time of year is pretty inviting for a little evening skywatching. The evening hours are warm but not usually...More »

StarDate Radio: April 23 — Last Glance

This time of year is pretty inviting for a little evening skywatching. The evening hours are warm but not usually...More »

StarDate Radio: April 22 — Moon and Venus

The two brightest objects in the night sky team up at dawn the next couple of days: the Moon and...More »

Stargazing: April 22

The two brightest objects in the night sky team up at dawn the next two days: the Moon and the...More »

Stargazing: April 21

The constellation Hercules rises in early evening and stands clear of the northeastern horizon a couple of hours after sunset....More »

StarDate Radio: April 21 — Through the Gap

An amazing mission of discovery is scheduled to enter its final phase tomorrow. Cassini, which has been orbiting the giant...More »

StarDate Radio: April 20 — Last Visit

The Cassini spacecraft has been orbiting Saturn for almost 13 years. During that time, it’s made many visits to the...More »

Stargazing: April 20

The Lyrid meteor shower is at its best the next couple of nights. The Moon doesn’t rise until a couple...More »

Stargazing: April 19

A small telescope reveals the spiral galaxy Messier 100 shining in the corner of the constellation Coma Berenices, to the...More »

StarDate Radio: April 19 — M100

For sheer grandeur, no astronomical object beats a spiral galaxy. And one of the grandest of them all climbs high...More »

StarDate Radio: April 18 — Virgo Cluster

Galaxies don’t like to be alone. They congregate in clusters — collections of a few dozen to a few thousand...More »

Stargazing: April 18

The Moon reaches last quarter at 4:57 a.m. CDT tomorrow. At first and last quarter, the Moon looks as though...More »

Stargazing: April 17

The Virgo Cluster, a giant collection of galaxies, is high in the east and southeast at nightfall, between the planet...More »

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