What’s Up Tonight?
- Will you see a young moon tonight?The young moon will be tough to see low in your western twilight after sunset on January 17, 2018. But, especially if you're in the Americas, you have a shot at it.
- Contemplate the apex of the sun’s wayOur sun moves around the center of the galaxy, toward the star Vega. Astronomers call this motion the apex of the sun's way. One circuit - about 230 million years - is called a cosmic year.
- Achernar marks the end of the RiverThe bright, southerly star Achernar marks the end of the River in the constellation Eridanus. Many at northerly latitudes make a game of trying to catch a glimpse of it.
- A winding river of stars called EridanusWhy search for such a faint constellation? Only because it's very beautiful. Plus seeing Eridanus can give you a kinship with stargazers from centuries ago.
- Saturn, Mercury, moon this weekendThe Mercury/Saturn conjunction is Saturday, January 13. Plus, on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, the moon will be pointing toward these planets near the sunrise.
- New Year’s Eve, in the Julian calendarHappy Julian New Year! January 13, 2018 marks the last day of the year in the old-style Julian calendar. Why, and what happened when the calendars switched.
- See the Unicorn on dark January nightsWithin a triangle of 3 bright stars - hidden in between the many bright and glittering stars visible at this time of year - you'll find the constellation of Monoceros the Unicorn.
- Moon, Jupiter, Mars January 10-12Enjoy great sky scenes on the mornings of January 10-12, 2018, as the moon joins up with the planets Jupiter and Mars in front of the constellation Libra the Scales.
- See a faint star cluster near bright SiriusSirius is easy to find. It's the sky's brightest star. If you have binoculars and a dark location, look near it for the star cluster M41.
- Predawn moon near Spica, planetsStill close after their spectacular conjunction on Sunday, the bright planets Jupiter and Mars appear near the bright star Spica and the waning moon Tuesday morning.
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
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 🙂