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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: March/April 2020


Spinning a Cosmic Web

Galaxies appear to be strung together on massive filaments of dark matter with an overlay of ‘normal’ matter, which astronomers are just beginning to see.

Rulers of the Universe

An eighteenth century quest to improve the way we measure everyday objects transformed our view of the heavens.


Sky Highlights

Venus, the Evening Star, shines at its highest and brightest in March and April, while three other bright planets congregate in the early morning sky. We have details on these and many other skywatching jewels in the Sky Calendar.


Merlin answers questions about the birth of stars and navigating through the galaxy. Pose your own question for future issues.


Lagoon Nebula We have details on the end of a Great Observatory, a link between whales and storms on the Sun, the case of a fading supergiant star, ancient ‘stardust’ on Earth, and much more in our news pages.


McDonald Observatory will host a dark-sky festival in April, and you can find details in our Miscellany section, along with a meditative planetarium program and more.

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We'll bring you the latest cosmic readings in our annual books issue, with excerpts from three new volumes about the universe.

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cover of March/April 2020 issue