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Current Issue: 2021 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 2021 Sky Almanac (the January/February issue of StarDate magazine). Plan your skywatching adventures with tips on eclipses, meteor showers, and more, plus keep an eye on the naked-eye planets.
The almanac also features tales of dead or dying stars, from black holes and pulsars to binary stars that are locked in a final embrace. They show that there are many ways for a star to die—some of them spectacular, all of them fascinating.
The grand constellations of winter take center stage, with Orion in view all night. It’s trailed by Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, and encircled by such luminaries as the twins of Gemini and the baleful eye of Taurus, the bull. Mars remains a bright presence in the evening sky, while Venus ends its run as the Morning Star.
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In the Next Issue
We’ll tune in to some astronomy-related songs, offer tips for spring skywatching, highlight the latest astronomy news, and more.
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