Featured Article: This Month's Night Sky
See Jupiter and the Moon in Night Sky Spectacle Tonight
Jupiter shines above the crescent moon in the western night sky on Saturday, May 23, 2015, with brilliant Venus visible to the lower right as shown in this sky map showing their locations at 10 p.m. local time as seen from mid-northern latitudes.
May 23rd, 2015
If your local weather is clear tonight (May 23), check out the western sky around mid-twilight – about an hour after sunset. There, about half way up from the south-southwest horizon to the overhead point, you’ll see an eye-catching sight for the Memorial
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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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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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