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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 2023






A 'Ring of Fire'
Thanks to the clockwork precision of the solar system, American skywatchers can see the Sun encircle the Moon with a bright halo of light on October 14.
By Damond Benningfield

Otherworldly Eclipses
Solar eclipses from around the solar system, big science from one-sided vanishing acts


Merlin discusses possible trips to Mars, holes in the southeastern United States, and the future of the universe.

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Sky Highlights

The star Arcturus herds the Great Bear across the late summer and early autumn evening sky, with both dropping lower into the evening twilight. By late October, Arcturus is a “ghost,” reminding us of summer nights now gone--and still to come. Saturn is the only planet in the sky at dusk, with Jupiter climbing into view in late evening, and Venus and Mercury highlighting the dawn.


New monikers, stepping toward Mars, and reluctant planets


  • Dropping off pieces of an asteroid
  • Possible signs of Venusian life
  • Shiny planet
  • Two sides of the ‘dark’ side

In the November/December Issue

The space around our planet is getting more crowded by the day, with new satellites and bits of debris. That could threaten current and future satellites, interrupt astronomical observations, and make the night sky brighter, and we’ll explain what it all means. We’ll also tell you how volunteers around the world are helping astronomers analyze their observations of the universe.

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Cover of September-October 2023 StarDate magazine