What’s Up Tonight?
- Moon close to Mars on March 1You'll notice Venus near the moon first, because it's so dazzlingly bright. But the "star" closer to Wednesday's moon is Mars. Plus, Uranus and Mars are in the same binocular field.
- Don’t miss moon and Venus February 28The crescent moon and planet Venus are close on February 28, 2017. If you could see Venus through a telescope, you'd find it in a crescent phase, too.
- Go young moon hunting this weekOn February 27, the moon is more than a day old for much of the globe. It's waxing, appearing higher in the west after sunset each successive evening. Bright object nearby is Venus!
- February 26 ring of fire eclipseThe annular eclipse of the sun on February 26, 2017 takes place in the Southern Hemisphere, along a very narrow path that runs through South America and Africa.
- Ring of fire eclipse on SundayThe February 26, 2017 annular solar eclipse - aka a ring of fire eclipse - will be visible from parts of Earth's Southern Hemisphere.
- Arc to Arcturus, the springtime starBefore going to bed tonight, locate the Big Dipper in your northern sky, and then follow the arc in the Dipper's handle to find yellow-orange star Arcturus.
- Hare and Dove at Orion’s feetLepus the Hare and Columba the Dove are 2 faint constellations near the easy-to-find constellation Orion. You need a dark sky to see them.
- See the Double Cluster in PerseusYou can see the M-shaped (or W-shaped) constellation Cassiopeia to find it. The Double Cluster in the constellation Perseus is beautiful in a dark sky.
- Find blue-white Rigel at Orion’s footIf Rigel were as close as our sun, it would outshine the sun by 40,000 times!
- Somber Betelgeuse in Orion’s shoulderBetelgeuse's red color indicates a star well into the autumn of its years. In fact, the star is a magnificently rare red supergiant.
What’s Up This Month?
Several times a year meteor showers light up the sky. Find out everything you need to know about these celestial fireworks, including the yearly dates of important meteor showers, and when and where to view them from, in this handy guide.
Discover the 88 Star Constellations
Discover the 88 Star Constellations of the Nightsky, the pictures in the sky. Learn about the stars and other amazing objects that can be found within the 88 known constellations we can see from Earth.
- Constellations by Alphabetic Listing, by Season and by Month
- The 88 Star Constellations of the Nightsky
NASA collection of sound effects from both this world and deep intergalactic space, available for all of us to enjoy