james webb telescope view of a dark stellar nursery
JWST image of a giant stellar nursery
M79, a globular star cluster in Lepus
Trappist-1 and its seven known planets

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StarDate Radio: January 30 — Moon and Mars

Mars and the Moon will play hide-and-seek for much of the year. The Moon will pass in front of the...More »

Stargazing: January 29

One of the biggest and brightest of the geometric figures in the night sky is the Winter Circle or Hexagon...More »

StarDate Radio: January 29 — Winter Circle

For fans of geometric shapes, the night sky is a paradise. You can connect the bright stars to make just...More »

Stargazing: January 28

The planet Mercury is in view in the early morning now. It’s farthest from the Sun in our sky, so...More »

StarDate Radio: January 28 — Morning Mercury

The surface of Mercury is crawling with snakes — more than two dozen of them. The largest is more than...More »

Stargazing: January 27

Orion is filled with so many bright stars that some of them get ignored. An example is Tabit, the star...More »

StarDate Radio: January 27 — Tabit

Orion is filled with so many bright stars that some of them get ignored. An example is Tabit, the star...More »

Stargazing: January 26

Horologium, the constellation that honors the first accurate mechanical clock, is visible from far-southern latitudes in mid-evening. The constellation’s stars...More »

StarDate Radio: January 26 — American Impacts

Middlesboro is a small town in the Cumberland Gap of southern Kentucky. About 300 million years ago, it was the...More »

StarDate Radio: January 25 — Moon and Jupiter

A planet that played a big role in measuring the speed of light stands just above the Moon this evening....More »

Stargazing: January 25

Brilliant Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, stands just above the Moon this evening. It’s the brightest point...More »

StarDate Radio: January 24 — Intergalactic Wanderer

The population of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, includes about 150 globular clusters. And for a long time, astronomers...More »

Stargazing: January 24

Draco, which circles around the North Star, Polaris, has been called a dragon for centuries. The dragon is so large...More »

Current Magazine

This year marks the golden anniversary of StarDate magazine, so we’re celebrating by describing the progress and discoveries of the past 50 years of astronomy, along with some tidbits about our own history.They’re all part of our 2023 Sky Almanac issue, which offers details on some beautiful skywatching treats, including an annular solar eclipse in October. Plan your skywatching adventures with tips on eclipses, meteor showers, encounters between bright planets, and much more.

2022 Sky Almanac

This year offers up some beautiful skywatching treats, including two good lunar eclipses and several planetary conjunctions. You can find all the details on these and many other events in our 2022 Sky Almanac. Plan your skywatching adventures with tips on eclipses, meteor showers, and more, plus keep an eye on the bright planets.

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