A triple comet near the Sun
Perseid meteor, 2015
Depiction of Johannes Kepler and his mother
dust storm on Mars
Sea of Crises

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StarDate Radio: July 21 — Comet NeoWise

A comet that defied the odds is in view in the evening sky. It’s fairly bright, although you need binoculars...More »

StarDate Radio: August 14 — Moon and Venus

During its first couple of billion years, Venus could have been warm and wet — a paradise for life. Research...More »

StarDate Radio: August 13 — Sadr

The night sky plays tricks on us. Objects that look like they’re right on top of each other can be...More »

Stargazing: August 13

The star Sadr connects the body and wings of Cygnus, the swan, which soars high overhead on August nights. Sadr...More »

Stargazing: August 12

Aldebaran, the bright “eye” of Taurus, the bull, is close to the Moon in the wee hours of tomorrow morning....More »

StarDate Radio: August 12 — Moon and Aldebaran

The stars tell us a lot about themselves. A detailed analysis of their light reveals their temperature, composition, and motion....More »

StarDate Radio: August 11 — Population II Stars

Antares, the bright heart of the scorpion, is one of the youngest stars around — no more than about 12...More »

Stargazing: August 11

The Moon reaches last quarter at 11:45 a.m. CDT. Sunlight will illuminate half of the lunar hemisphere that faces Earth....More »

StarDate Radio: August 10 — Morning Venus

Venus is stretching its legs right now. The “morning star” stands farthest from the Sun for its current appearance...More »

Stargazing: August 10

Venus is stretching its legs right now. The “morning star” stands farthest from the Sun over the next few days....More »

Stargazing: August 9

The Perseid meteor shower will be at its best the next few nights.At its peak, which is expected early Wednesday,...More »

StarDate Radio: August 9 — Perseid Meteors

Swift-Tuttle is one of the biggest comets yet seen — about 15 miles across. It’s also one of the messiest....More »

StarDate Radio: August 8 — Moon and Mars

For most of the United States, the winds tend to be pretty calm at this time of year, even in...More »

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The International Space Station hosts several telescopes and other instruments for studying the universe, and in our September/October issue, we'll fill you in on the details.

2020 Sky Almanac

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Newly Updated!

This year offers some beautiful skywatching treats, including the opposition of Mars and the closest conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn in four centuries. You can find all the details on these and many others in our 2020 Sky Almanac. We also tell you about the rights and wrongs of astronomy and space exploration in science fiction. The digital version of the Almanac was revised on July 1, with additional skywatching tips and the latest details on upcoming milestones in space!

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