Multi-spectral view of the Helix Nebula
Original Cincinnati Observatory building, dedicated in 1843
Hoag's Object, a ring galaxy
HST view of NGC 1073

StarDate Radio: November 18 — The ‘Angry Star’

A brilliant comet streaked across the sky four centuries ago. It brought consternation to many — but a poetic plea...More »

StarDate Radio: November 17 — Bright Triangle

With a little imagination, you can find geometric figures just about anywhere in the night sky. An example is a...More »

Stargazing: November 16

A right triangle of stars decorates Perseus and Andromeda, which are high in the east and northeast as darkness falls....More »

StarDate Radio: November 16 — Leonid Meteors

A quiet but steady meteor shower should be at its peak over the next night or two. And the gibbous...More »

Stargazing: November 15

The quiet but steady Leonid meteor shower should be at its peak over the next night or two. The gibbous...More »

StarDate Radio: November 15 — Moon and Mars

The most prominent features on Mars are its polar ice caps. They’re easily visible through any telescope — small white...More »

Stargazing: November 14

Look for Mars quite close to the upper left of the Moon this evening. Although it has faded a good...More »

StarDate Radio: November 14 — Helix Nebula

When a Sun-like star dies, it stages its own wake — a bright, colorful display that can last for tens...More »

Stargazing: November 13

A star that is in the middle of a colorful end-of-life display is in Aquarius, which is in the south...More »

StarDate Radio: November 13 — Venus and Spica

The brilliant “morning star” has a bright companion for the next few days. Tomorrow, they’ll be separated by only about...More »

Stargazing: November 12

Venus, the “morning star,” has a bright companion the next few days: Spica, the brightest star of Virgo. Tomorrow, they...More »

StarDate Radio: November 12 — Moon and Pluto

Pluto isn’t an easy target for skywatching. It’s so small, remote, and faint that it’s visible only through a good-sized...More »

Stargazing: November 11

The Moon will pass quite close to Pluto today. For most American skywatchers, Pluto will stand just to the upper...More »

Current Magazine

cover of the November-December 2018 issue

Our November/December issue brings you a holiday treat: Nick D'Alto returns with a feature on how — and when! — cultures around the world celebrate the new year based on different heavenly markers. And editor Rebecca Johnson will bring you up to speed on New Horizons' upcoming post-Pluto encounter with another distant world. 

2018 Sky Almanac

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Even though 2018 is more than half gone, you can still plan the rest of this year's stargazing adventures with our 2018 Sky Almanac, which offers skywatching tips, charts, Moon phases, and much more. And for the rest of the year, we've reduced the price! Order online or call 1-800-STARDATE during regular business hours.

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