Artist's concept of completed Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer
Hubble Space Telescope view of the Gliese 229 system
Luna 9, February 1966
Planets in the dawn sky, February 2016
Morning alignment of planets, January 2016

StarDate Radio: February 12 — Interferometry V

CREECH-EAKMAN: We should be able to look around black holes in other nearby galaxies and start to understand what’s happening...More »

StarDate Radio: February 11 — Interferometry IV

This spring, a truck will ferry a 64-inch telescope up a twisting mountain road to Magdalena Ridge Observatory in New...More »

Stargazing: February 10

Look well up in the south around 9 or 10 p.m. for Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky....More »

StarDate Radio: February 10 — Interferometry III

Combining the views from two or more optical telescopes provides a sharper image of the heavens. But it requires extreme...More »

Stargazing: February 9

Capella, the brightest star of Auriga, the charioteer, stands high overhead this evening and wheels across the northwest later on....More »

StarDate Radio: February 9 — Interferometry II

HL Tauri is like a newborn version of our own solar system, with a Sun-like star surrounded by a disk...More »

Stargazing: February 8

The brightest star in the night sky is Sirius, a white jewel in the constellation Canis Major, the big dog....More »

StarDate Radio: February 8 — Interferometry

One of the monsters of the Milky Way climbs across the south on winter nights. Betelgeuse, the bright orange shoulder...More »

Stargazing: February 7

Betelgeuse, the bright orange shoulder of Orion, is high in the southeast at nightfall. The star is so huge that...More »

StarDate Radio: February 7 — Faint Neighbors

The brightest star visible in Lepus, the rabbit, is a stunner. It’s more than 30,000 times brighter than the Sun,...More »

Stargazing: February 6

Alpha Leporis, the brightest star visible in Lepus, the rabbit, is a stunner. It’s more than 30,000 times brighter than...More »

StarDate Radio: February 6 — Lepus

The big, bright constellation Orion scampers across the south on February evenings. Right now it’s high in the sky...More »

Stargazing: February 5

Lepus, the rabbit, stands just below the feet of brilliant Orion, which is in the southeast as darkness falls. Lepus...More »

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cover of January-February 2016 issue

The 2016 Sky Almanac provides month-by-month skywatching tips for the entire year, and focuses on astronomical objects and events as depicted in popular culture.

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