Over the decades, when astronomers wanted a subject for testing new techniques for studying the stars, they frequently turned to Vega, the brightest star of Lyra, the harp.
One of the most intriguing star systems in the galaxy may be about to get a lot more interesting.
The Beehive, M44, is one of the brightest star clusters in the sky with about 1,000 stars, but this StarDate segment explains that it’s evaporating before our eyes.
Most of the stars that you see in the night sky aren’t alone — they consist of two stars or more. They’re so far away, though, that their light merges into a single pinpoint.
The hours between midnight and dawn tonight offer skywatchers both promise and potential. StarDate promises a beautiful encounter between the moon and the “morning star”.
Like a herald announcing the approach of a king, the planet Saturn leads the full Moon across the sky tonight.
Several ticking time bombs are in view as darkness falls this evening. The list includes most of the bright stars of Orion, which is low in the west: orange Betelgeuse, the three stars of Orion’s Belt below it, and Rigel below the belt.
Franco Finn talks to the stars of “Star-Crossed” in Anaheim at the annual Wondercon…
FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS McDONALD OBSERVATORY, AS HEARD ON KCBS RADIO WEEKDAYS @ 9:52 A.M., 7:35 P.M. & 2:52 A.M. STARDATE 4/17/2014: The heart of the scorpion is doomed. Sometime within the next million years or […]
After dazzling sky watchers Monday night, get ready for round two. Set your calendar for October 8th, when the second total lunar eclipse in this “Blood Moon” tetrad occurs, but this one is for super early risers, or serious night owls. The full eclipse will occur at 3:55 a.m. over the San Francisco – San Jose – Oakland area.