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.

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.

Saturn and Spica

Tour May’s Sky! | April 15th, 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.

S&T’s Audio Sky Tour for January 2012

With every New Year, millions of us resolve to do something, anything, different or better in the coming year. So let's resolve to get outside and enjoy the night sky more. Venus, Jupiter, and a host of winter stars await you.

S&T’s Audio Sky Tour for December 2011

Venus lurks low in the western twilight after sunset. But after it gets good and dark, swing around to the east to see dazzling Jupiter, the King of Planets, amid a tower of brilliant early-winter stars that extends from the horizon to overhead.

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Tour December’s Sky! | November 26th, 2011

Venus lurks low in the western twilight after sunset. But after it gets good and dark, swing around to the east to see dazzling Jupiter, the King of Planets, amid a tower of brilliant early-winter stars that extends from the horizon to overhead.

S&T’s Audio Sky Tour for November 2011

With the return to Standard Time for North America and Europe, stargazers there can catch some of the evening's offerings before dinnertime. Venus and Jupiter are planetary bookends at sunset, with Venus lurking low in the western twilight just as the King of Planets rises in the east.

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Tour November’s Sky! | October 28th, 2011

With the return to Standard Time for North America and Europe, northern stargazers can catch some of the evening's offerings before dinnertime. Venus and Jupiter are planetary bookends at sunset, with Venus lurking low in the western twilight just as the King of Planets rises in the east.

S&T’s Audio Sky Tour for October 2011

This is a month of transition: you can spot the Summer Triangle overhead as darkness falls and the winter mix of Orion, his dogs, and Taurus in the hours before sunrise. Jupiter peaks in brightness this month, and it dominates the sky from dusk until dawn.