Combined optical, infrared view of the Crab Nebula
Daytime and nighttime views of Venus
Hubble view of NGC 2467
Martian dust storm

StarDate Radio: April 22 — Cor Caroli

Dark spots sometimes dot the surface of the Sun — magnetic storms that can last for days or weeks. But...More »

StarDate Radio: April 21 — Lyrid Meteors

A modest meteor shower should be at its best tonight. You need dark skies to see it — the glow...More »

Stargazing: April 21

The Lyrid meteor shower should be at its best tonight. You need dark skies to see it. Even at its...More »

StarDate Radio: April 20 — Morning Mercury

The little planet Mercury just peeks into view in the dawn sky over the next couple of weeks. It’s hard...More »

Stargazing: April 20

The planet Mercury just peeks into view in the east at dawn sky over the next few days. It looks...More »

StarDate Radio: April 19 — Crab Nebula

The remnants of an exploded star are changing right before our eyes. Debris from the explosion is expanding. And the...More »

Stargazing: April 19

The Crab Nebula, which is the debris from an exploded star, stands close above the Moon this evening. It is...More »

Stargazing: April 18

The Moon is in the west during twilight this evening. Aldebaran will stand close to the upper left of the...More »

StarDate Radio: April 18 — Moon and Aldebaran

The Moon is a bit more than 236,000 miles from Earth this evening — a couple of thousand miles closer...More »

Stargazing: April 17

Venus is the brilliant “evening star,” low in the west at sunset. It outshines all the other planets and stars...More »

StarDate Radio: April 17 — Moon and Venus

The clouds on Venus are beautiful to look at, but you wouldn’t want to fly through them. That’s because they’re...More »

Stargazing: April 16

The word “planet” comes from a Greek word that means wanderer, because each of the planets moves against the background...More »

StarDate Radio: April 16 — Stationary Saturn

The word “planet” comes from a Greek word that means “wanderer.” The title was bestowed because, over time, each of...More »

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