What’s Up Tonight?
- See Venus at its brightestGreatest brilliancy for Venus is a delicate balance between how much we see of its day side, and the changing distance between our 2 worlds. Conditions are now optimum! Venus looms low in the twilight, dazzlingly bright.
- Moon sweeps near Saturn and Mars September 17 to 19On September 17, 18 and 19 - as soon as darkness falls - let the moon serve as your guide to 2 bright and beautiful planets, Saturn and Mars.
- Orion’s Belt points to dazzling SiriusYou'll find Orion and the bright star Sirius up before dawn now. They'll be shifting into the evening sky as the months pass.
- Moon, Jupiter and star Antares September 13 to 15From September 13 to 15, 2018, let the moon guide your eye to the king planet Jupiter and the red supergiant star Antares.
- Moon, Venus, Jupiter September 11 to 13These next several days - September 11, 12 and 13, 2018 - look westward to spot the crescent moon, plus the planets Venus and Jupiter in the evening twilight.
- Will you catch the young moon on September 10?Africa and South America - and islands in the South Atlantic - have the best shot at tonight's young moon. Easier, generally, in the Southern Hemisphere than the Northern. If you miss it, look tomorrow!
- Close-up on Cassiopeia the QueenThe constellation Cassiopeia the Queen has the distinct shape of a W or M. Find her in the north-northeast sky on September and October evenings.
- Neptune opposite the sun September 7We were closest to Neptune for 2018 yesterday. Neptune's opposition - when it's 180 degrees from the sun on the sky's dome - is today. You need optical aid to spot it. Links to charts here.
- Meet the Gemini “twins” before sunup on September 5 or 6There are many bright stars up before the sun now, but the moon can help you find Castor and Pollux.
- Use Big Dipper to find North StarThe 2 outermost stars in the bowl of the Big Dipper point to Polaris, the North Star.
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.
USTREAM: ISS LIVE
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
Some Apps (Android) to help you get started
Star Walk 2
Sun & Moon
Sun, Moon & Planets
Meteor Shower Calendar
ISS HD Live: View Earth Live
ISS Detector (Alerts)
Ps. There are a lot more out there, these are just a few that i’ve tried 🙂