Elevation view of Tharsis region on Mars
Sunspots
Hubble Space Telescope view of spiral galaxy M64, the Black-Eye Galaxy
Melotte 111 star cluster from international space station
Hubble view of Jupiter, 2014

StarDate Radio: May 23 — Tharsis Ridge

If Mars colonists want to look for adventure, they’ll probably visit Tharsis Ridge. It’s a vast plateau of volcanic rock...More »

StarDate Radio: May 22 — Martian Autumn

The shortest season on Mars arrives today — autumn in the northern hemisphere, and spring in the south. The season...More »

Stargazing: May 22

Mars is climbing into better view by the day. Right now, the planet stands about a third of the way...More »

StarDate Radio: May 21 — Moon and Regulus

The first-quarter Moon snuggles especially close to a bright companion tonight. Regulus, the heart of Leo, the lion, will stand...More »

Stargazing: May 21

The first-quarter Moon snuggles especially close to a bright companion tonight. Regulus, the heart of Leo, the lion, will stand...More »

Stargazing: May 20

A pair of eyes stares down from the northeast as night falls right now — the brightest stars of Draco,...More »

StarDate Radio: May 20 — Dragon’s Eyes

A pair of eyes stares down from the northeast as night falls right now — the eyes of Draco, the...More »

StarDate Radio: May 19 — VW Cephei

Many stars are binaries — two separate stars in orbit around each other. In some cases, though, the two stars...More »

Stargazing: May 19

A pair of stuck-together stars is visible through binoculars in Cepheus, the king, which is low in the north at...More »

Stargazing: May 18

Vega, in Lyra, the harp, is climbing into the evening sky. It is low in the northeast as the sky...More »

StarDate Radio: May 18 — Dark Storms

Seen from above, storms here on Earth are bright white. On the Sun, though, the storms look dark.

Sunspots are...More »

StarDate Radio: May 17 — Moon and Venus

It’s been a quarter-century since the end of the last American mission to the planet Venus. And there probably won’t...More »

Stargazing: May 17

The planet Venus is in the west shortly after sunset this evening, close to the right of the crescent Moon....More »

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