What’s Up Tonight?
- Moon north of star Antares on July 22The name Antares derives from the Ancient Greek and means rival to Ares - that is, rival to Mars. Like Mars, Antares is red in color. Antares is sometimes brighter than Mars, it's no match for Mars now!
- On July 20, the bright “star” near the moon is JupiterAs soon as darkness falls on July 20, use to moon to find the dazzling king planet Jupiter nearby. Then, over the new few evenings, the moon can help you identify the bright red star Antares.
- Moon, Jupiter and Spica on July 19On July 19, 2018, as the setting sun closes the curtains on the day, and the darkening skies bring out a myriad of far-off suns, let the moon introduce you to a very special star.
- Deneb and Cygnus the SwanThe star Deneb in its constellation Cygnus the Swan are part of the famous Summer Triangle.
- Altair and Aquila the EagleLook for the star Altair in the east on July evenings. You'll recognize it for the 2 fainter stars on either side of it ... as if the 3 were "walking the Milky Way hand in hand and three abreast."
- Monday’s moon still near VenusLast chance to see these 2 very bright objects relatively close. After Monday evening, the moon - pursuing its easterly orbit around Earth - will be waxing larger and shifting away from Venus.
- See the constellation Scutum the ShieldScutum has only has 4 stars that make up the constellation outline, but it's noticeable in a dark sky because a rich region of the Milky Way is behind it.
- Friday the 13th supermoon solar eclipseThe 2018 Friday the 13th solar eclipse will be seen mainly over the Southern Ocean, between Australia and Antarctica. The southeastern Australia coast will see a very skimpy partial eclipse on Friday afternoon. Eclipse times for that region here.
- Vega and its constellation LyraThe Summer Triangle consists of 3 bright stars in 3 different constellations. The brightest is Vega in the constellation Lyra.
- Jupiter ends retrograde on July 10-11The end of retrograde means the end of the best time for viewing Jupiter in 2018. But Jupiter will remain bright and fun to see for many months to come. In the meantime, Mars is now as bright as Jupiter ... soon to be brighter!
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 🙂