Illustration of a star and its nearby planet, which is distorted into a rugby-ball shape
Chart showing all star systems within 15 light-years of Earth
artist's concept of the beginning of a supernova explosion
Moon and planets, January 4, 5, 6

StarDate Radio: January 19 — Johann Bode

Uranus was very good to Johann Bode. The planet made him famous, earned him a key job, and gave him...More »

Stargazing: January 18

When you look north on any night of the year you can see stars and constellations that never rise or...More »

StarDate Radio: January 18 — Machine Learning

There are plenty of hot topics in modern-day astronomy: exoplanets, black holes, galactic archaeology, and many more. And some of...More »

Stargazing: January 17

The Moon lines up with the twins of Gemini tonight. Pollux, the brighter of the two, is above the Moon...More »

StarDate Radio: January 17 — Moon and the Twins

The Moon lines up with the twins of Gemini tonight. Pollux, the brighter of the two, is above the Moon...More »

StarDate Radio: January 16 — Double Duty

One of the brightest stars of the summer sky is performing double duty here in the dead of winter —...More »

Stargazing: January 16

Deneb, one of the brighter stars of summer, appears in both early evening and early morning skies now. And from...More »

StarDate Radio: January 15 — Kepler 90

If you squished the planets of our solar system much closer to the Sun, you’d have something similar to the...More »

Stargazing: January 15

Kepler 90, in Draco, is the only known star other than our own with eight planets. Although the star is...More »

StarDate Radio: January 14 — The Leviathan

A beautiful spiral galaxy spins into view in the northeast this evening, near the tip of the Big Dipper’s handle....More »

Stargazing: January 14

The beautiful spiral galaxy M51 spins into view in the northeast this evening, near the tip of the Big Dipper’s...More »

Stargazing: January 13

Most of the lunar near side is in good view tonight, lit up by the Sun. The bright star Aldebaran,...More »

StarDate Radio: January 13 — Moon and Aldebaran

The Moon is bashful — it never shows us its backside. The same hemisphere always faces Earth. There’s a bit...More »

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Cover of January/February 2022 StarDate/Sky Almanac issue

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 (the January/February issue of StarDate magazine).

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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