Skywatching

Featured Article: This Month's Night Sky
See Venus and the Moon Shine Bright Tonight
Venus and Western Sky May 21
May 21st, 2015
On Thursday evening (May 21) as darkness falls, the two brightest objects of the night will be calling attention to themselves. The crescent moon will be accompanied by the brightest planet, the dazzling so-called "evening star": the planet Venus.
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Highlights of May's Night Sky: The Big Dipper, Moon and Venus
Big Dipper Over the Canary Islands
May 15th, 2015
The famous Big Dipper star pattern shines in May's night sky, as do the moon and a surprisingly nocturnal Venus.
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Whirlpool Galaxy Glows Purple and Blue in Amateur Photo
Whirlpool Galaxy Chadha
May 20th, 2015
The striking arms of the Whirlpool galaxy can be seen in stunning detail in this astrophotographer image by Jaspal Chadha.
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Exploring the Famous Southern Cross Constellation
The Southern Cross Constellation
May 19th, 2015
The Southern Cross has long been a celestial landmark for explorers and travelers to the lands below the equator. You can see the famous constellation now, but you must go farther south than 25 degrees north latitude.
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Is Our Milky Way Under Scorpion Attack? Nope, Just Awesome Photos
Scorpion Milky Way Mamtani
May 13th, 2015
Mamtani took the image in Borrego Springs, California during the weekend of April 17, 2015.
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The Brightest Planets in May's Night Sky Explained
Mercury and Jupiter shine in this amazing view of the night sky captured by Pete Lawrence on March 13, 2011. Venus, Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn are all visible in the May 2015 night sky.
May 8th, 2015
The planet Mercury is dominating the May night sky for 2015, but it's not the only bright planet for stargazers to observe. Here's how to spot the brightest planets in the May 2015 night sky.
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Jupiter's Moons Perform Shadow Dances This Week
Jupiter Double Shadow Transit #1
May 20th, 2015
Jupiter's rapidly moving moons constantly surprise us with their dance around the giant planet. There will be two spectacular shadow plays this week.
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Observing Saturn: See the Gorgeous Ringed Planet and Its Moons
Saturn Opposition May 2015
May 19th, 2015
Now is a great time to see Saturn, perhaps the most gorgeous planet in the night sky. The ringed planet is visible pretty much all night long.
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Night Sky Webcasts by Slooh, NASA
X2.7 Solar Flare of May 5, 2015
May 13th, 2015
The sun fired off its most powerful flare of the year Tuesday (May 5). At 4 p.m. EDT today (May 6), a webcast hosted by the Slooh Community Observatory will discuss the eruption and show live views of our star. Watch it live here.
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