What’s Up Tonight?
- Moon, Mercury, Venus March 18 to 20On March 18, the young moon will be tough to spot from Asia or the Southern Hemisphere, but the rest of the world has a shot at it. On March 19 and 20, we should all see the young moon.
- Is Sirius the most luminous star?To astronomers, the word "luminous" refers to a star's intrinsic brightness. Sirius is our sky’s brightest star, but only because it's relatively nearby at 8.6 light-years away.
- Westward shift of Orion and all the starsAs Earth makes its grand tour around the sun each year, the constellations all shift westward in our sky. Orion is a good one to notice.
- Have you seen Venus and Mercury yet?Mercury is still in the same binocular field as brilliant Venus, and both are in the west after sunset. Plus, the moon will soon sweep past them.
- A mysterious star called Epsilon AurigaeEpsilon Aurigae's light dims for a period of about 2 years, in a 27-year cycle. The star's last dimming was from 2009 to 2011.
- A tangle of stars in Berenices’ HairBerenices' Hair - aka Coma Berenices - requires a dark sky to be seen. But it's worth the effort, a wonderful star cluster!
- Use Big Dipper to locate Hunting DogsThe ancient stargazers saw the Hunting Dogs - aka Canes Venatici - as nipping at the heels of Ursa Major, the Great Bear.
- Use Big Dipper to find Little DipperThe Big Dipper is easy to recognize, but the Little Dipper ... not so much. Here's a tip that can help.
- Don’t miss the moon and morning planetsThe moon has now swept past Jupiter and is headed for Mars, then Saturn. Don't miss them!
- Use Big Dipper to find North StarThe 2 outer stars in the Big Dipper's bowl point to the North Star, aka Polaris.
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 🙂