Northrop Grumman, a leading global security company and NASA’s partner building the James Webb Space Telescope, will become official sponsor of the nationally syndicated “StarDate” radio program starting Sept. 1. “StarDate” is produced by The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory.
As it does each year, early fall brings crisper air, turning leaves and the Orionid meteor shower. This year’s best viewing will be in the several hours around midnight Oct. 20 and before dawn on Oct. 21.
The best viewing for this year's Leonid meteor shower will be several hours before dawn on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17 and 18, according to the editors of StarDate magazine. However, the rising of the half-full moon coincides with the shower and will probably wash out all but the brightest meteors.
The moon puts on a great show before dawn next week as it passes by a bright star and planet, according to the editors of StarDate magazine. The moon stands closest to Aldebaran, the bright star known as the eye of Taurus, the bull, an hour before dawn on Tuesday, July 26 in the eastern… » Continue Reading
The Spanish-language astronomy radio program Universo which has brought the heavens closer to millions of listeners for more than 15 years will cease regular production this month due to funding constraints.
Four of the five planets visible to the unaided eye huddle quite close together in the pre-dawn sky next week, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.
The Geminid meteor shower will be at its best a few hours before dawn on Dec. 14, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.
The small comet Hartley 2 makes its closest approach to Earth today, and should be visible to the unaided eye for several days under dark skies in the hours before dawn, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.
The Perseid meteor shower, one of the year's best, is coming up late this week. The best viewing will be in the hours between midnight Aug. 12 and dawn on Aug. 13, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.
A partial lunar eclipse will be visible across much of North America early Saturday morning, according to the editors of StarDate magazine. As Earth's long shadow falls across the moon, the part in the shadow will turn dark. It will look as though a chunk were missing from the moon.