Sky Tour Podcasts – Discover the Night Sky

For a guide to the celestial events coming up this month, take a listen to our astronomy podcast, Sky Tour. S&T contributing editor J. Kelly Beatty covers each month’s highlights of the night sky in a bite-size podcast less than 10 minutes long. Catch the astronomy and space news that everybody will be talking about, such as meteor showers and eclipses. You’ll also learn when you can see the planets, what constellations dominate the evening sky, and what nights are best for moonless observing. Download Sky Tour podcast onto your device and take it with you when you head outside and underneath the stars – you’ll get an expert guided tour of tonight’s sky.

Moon and Jupiter

Tour March’s Sky! | March 1st, 2013

Spring arrives on March 20th, astronomically speaking, and for a few days beforehand you have a chance to see Comet Pan-STARRS low in the west soon after sunset. Meanwhile, Jupiter is still riding high in the evening, along with Orion, the Hunter, and Sirius, the "Dog Star."

S&T’s Audio Sky Tour for April 2013

Celebrate "Global Astronomy Month" by strolling outside to take in all the evening sky sights. Jupiter and Sirius frame Orion nicely in the west, while Saturn is low in the east an hour or two after sunset.

S&T’s Audio Sky Tour for March 2013

Spring arrives on March 20th, astronomically speaking, and for a few days beforehand you have a chance to see Comet Pan-STARRS low in the west soon after sunset. Meanwhile, Jupiter is still riding high in the evening, along with Orion, the Hunter, and Sirius, the "Dog Star."

S&T’s Audio Sky Tour for August 2012

Mark your calendars for the night of Saturday, August 11th, when the Perseid meteor shower will peak. Stay up late to catch the risings of Jupiter and Venus, or just enjoy Mars and Saturn low in the evening twilight.

Evening sky in mid-August

Tour August’s Sky! | June 22nd, 2012

Mark your calendars for the night of Saturday, August 11th, when the Perseid meteor shower will peak. Stay up late to catch the risings of Jupiter and Venus, or just enjoy Mars and Saturn low in the evening twilight.

S&T’s Audio Sky Tour for June 2012

Mars and Saturn are the two bright planets in the evening sky. They're joined by a host of springtime sparklers, including Arcturus (overhead at dusk) and Vega. This month also features the long-awaited transit of Venus and a partial lunar eclipse.

How to find Hercules and Corona Borealis

Tour June’s Sky! | April 17th, 2012

Mars and Saturn are the two bright planets in the evening sky. They're joined by a host of springtime sparklers, including Arcturus (overhead at dusk) and Vega. This month also features the long-awaited transit of Venus and a partial lunar eclipse.

S&T’s Audio Sky Tour for May 2012

Follow the giant arc of bright planets that leads eastward from the just-set Sun: Venus low in the west, Mars midway up in the south, and Saturn over in the east. Then look overhead for the Big Dipper — the "Swiss Army knife" of the night sky.