Graphic from Sky Safari showing the eastern horizon with Venus in the constellation of the Crab next to the Beehive Cluster M44

Venus in the Beehive 

Aug. 18, 2022

Venus is buzzing around the Beehive! Grab your binos before dawn and look eastward, low on the horizon to find our sister planet amongst one of the loveliest open clusters ( M44 ) in the sky. Graphic credit: SkySafari app

Photo of Saturn from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope

Saturntime

Aug. 14, 2022

It’s Saturntime! The 2nd largest planet is at opposition tonight, meaning directly opposite of the Sun from our Earthly perspective. Saturn rises in the east as the Sun sets and sets in the west the Sun rises. Enjoy the view all night long!

Photo of the Maroon Bell mountains by Aspen Colorado on top with a graphic from Sky & Telescope on the bottom showing the radiant of the Perseid meteor shower.

Fire in the Sky

Aug. 8, 2022

Have you seen any “fire in the sky” yet? John Denver’s famous song ""Rocky Mountain High"" made the Perseid meteor shower iconic! The shower peaks on the 12-13th as Moon is full, but keep your eye out. You may see a stray bit of fire rainin’ here and there.

Graphic from Stellarium showing the southern horizon with Scorpius and Sagittarius. The Moon is the the upper right of Antares.

Antares

Aug. 6, 2022

The Moon points the way to the heart of the Scorpion tonight - Antares! Also, known as the “Rival of Mars” because of its red color and similar appearance to Mars. This red supergiant star is the 16th brightest star in our sky and a mere 550 light years away...

Artistic illustration of our Milky Way Galaxy annotated to show the center of the galaxy and where the sun is in relation to the spiral arms Milky Way Annotated credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt

EVERYTHING is moving

July 28, 2022

EVERYTHING is moving… Earth spins on its axis, it orbits the Sun, the Solar System is moving within the Local Interstellar Cloud, & the Orion Spur/Arm is going around the center of our Milky Way galaxy—taking 250 million years to turn once. Feeling dizzy? Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Milky Way and the location of its central black hole as viewed from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array Image credit: ESO/José Francisco Salgado, EHT Collaboration

Milky Way is HUGE

July 27, 2022

Did you see the Milky Way yet? When you do, take a sec to ground yourself. You’re gazing out upon a huge galaxy…from within. Our solar system is 26,000 light years from the center of the galaxy which stretches 100,000 light years across. In terms of mileage, that’s 100,000 x...

Milky Way Galaxy seen over the Very Large Array, New Mexico. Credit NRAO/AUI/NSF, Jeff Hellerman

Milky Way Galaxy

July 26, 2022

Summertime is prime time for seeing our Milky Way galaxy! It stretches across the entire night sky from Cassiopeia in the north, overhead through Cygnus and Aquila, and down to the southern horizon in between Sagittarius and Scorpius. Tips: Find a dark sky away from city lights Avoid looking at...

Graphic from Sky Safari showing the eastern horizon with Venus to the left, Orion rising and the waning crescent Moon in between the Hyades cluster in Taurus and the Pleiades

Winter at Dawn

July 22, 2022

Is the heat getting to you? Not to worry, the winter stars are rising earlier every day. Look to the east tomorrow before dawn to see the Moon nicely placed between the Pleiades and Hyades. Orion is rising too! Graphic credit: Stellarium

Graphic showing the size of one half of the Moon during perigee and the other half of the Moon (side by side) at apogee. credit NASA/JPL

Super Full Moon

July 13, 2022

See the Super Full Moon tonight! The Moon’s orbit isn’t circular, it’s an ellipse (oval). During every orbit around the Earth it reaches a closer (perigee) distance and farther (apogee) distance from us. Tonight it happens to be near perigee + it’s a full moon = SUPERMOON!

Photo taken on the ISS of sunrise. Earth's atmospheric layers are visible.

Happy Aphelion!

July 4, 2022

Happy Aphelion Earthlings! We’re farther away from the Sun today than any other time of the year. Why? Our orbit isn’t circular, it’s more like an oval. Why is it hot? It’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere because the Earth’s axis is tilted toward the Sun & the days are...

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