Your Guide to the Universe

StarDate magazine keeps you in touch with the universe with detailed skywatching information, in-depth features, the latest astronomy news, and more. Six issues per year, including the Sky Almanac issue in January! Subscribe today!

Current Issue: July/August 2015

The Magellan spacecraft arrived at Venus a quarter century ago. It created a glo

Sister World

The Magellan spacecraft arrived at Venus a quarter century ago. It created a global map of the planet and discovered just how different our closest neighbor is from Earth.

Advanced technology makes good By telescopes even better by taking the twinkle o

Telescope Turbochargers

Advanced technology makes good By telescopes even better by taking the twinkle out of stars, reducing the glare that obscures faint targets, and more.


In Every Issue

  • Skywatching highlights and star charts to help you keep tabs on the sky
  • Merlin answers your most compelling questions about the universe

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In the Next Issue

In our September/October issue, we’ll fill you in on the National Park Service’s efforts to preserve dark skies. Merlin answers your astronomy questions, and we’ve got tips and charts to aid your fall skywatching adventures. 

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