james webb telescope view of a dark stellar nursery
JWST image of a giant stellar nursery
M79, a globular star cluster in Lepus
Trappist-1 and its seven known planets

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StarDate Radio: February 4 — Shining Through

The glare of the full Moon overpowers most of the stars around it. Only the brightest of stars shine through....More »

StarDate Radio: February 3 — Moon and the Twins

The star Castor represents one of the twins of Gemini. But it takes the business of “twinhood” to extremes. Although...More »

Stargazing: February 3

The twins of Gemini are in the east at nightfall, near the Moon. The brighter twin, Pollux, is above the...More »

StarDate Radio: February 2 — Groundhog Day

Punxsutawney Phil carries a heavy load on his little shoulders. According to folklore, if the groundhog pops out of his...More »

Stargazing: February 2

Today is Groundhog Day, which is one of several commemorations of a cross-quarter day. Such days occur about half way...More »

Stargazing: February 1

Look toward the northeast this evening for the Big Dipper. Its handle points toward the horizon. The second star from...More »

StarDate Radio: February 1 — Mining for Gold

If you want to scoop up a lot of gold, just hang around a close pair of neutron stars. If...More »

Stargazing: January 31

The Moon is especially close to a star with a dangerous-sounding name tonight: El Nath, “the butting one.” It marks...More »

StarDate Radio: January 31 — Moon, Mars, and Taurus

The Moon is especially close to a star with a dangerous-sounding name tonight: El Nath, “the butting one.” It marks...More »

Stargazing: January 30

Mars and the Moon will play hide-and-seek for much of the year. The Moon will pass in front of the...More »

StarDate Radio: January 30 — Moon and Mars

Mars and the Moon will play hide-and-seek for much of the year. The Moon will pass in front of the...More »

Stargazing: January 29

One of the biggest and brightest of the geometric figures in the night sky is the Winter Circle or Hexagon...More »

StarDate Radio: January 29 — Winter Circle

For fans of geometric shapes, the night sky is a paradise. You can connect the bright stars to make just...More »

Current Magazine

This year marks the golden anniversary of StarDate magazine, so we’re celebrating by describing the progress and discoveries of the past 50 years of astronomy, along with some tidbits about our own history.They’re all part of our 2023 Sky Almanac issue, which offers details on some beautiful skywatching treats, including an annular solar eclipse in October. Plan your skywatching adventures with tips on eclipses, meteor showers, encounters between bright planets, and much more.

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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