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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

May 5, 2016

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    The Moon is New tomorrow, permitting dark evening skies, ideal for finding the fainter constellations, like Hercules. It remains a challenge, in spite of its heroic name. Looking due east, and on a line between Arcturus high in the southeast and Vega in the northeast, you may find the "keystone" figure of stars that marks the ancient Greek hero.

  • May 6:

    Due west at 11:00 PM EDT is a faint cluster of stars know as Praesepe, or the “Beehive”. This lies in the heart of the faint constellation Cancer, the Crab, found between Leo, the Lion in the southwest, and the Twins of Gemini sinking in the northwest.

  • May 7:

    High in the southwest this evening, to the right of the brilliant Jupiter, you can find the bluish-white star Regulus, the "heart" of Leo, the Lion. Leo is one of the horoscope signs, its traditional dates of late July into the third week of August marking when the sun was against the background of these stars 3000 years ago. This now happens one month later.

Star Charts

  • May 4, 2016 - May 9, 2016:

    Safe viewing instructions to view the Transit of Mercury on May 9th, from 7:12 AM through 2:42 PM

    Safe viewing instructions to view the Transit of Mercury on May 9th, from 7:12 AM through 2:42 PM

  • May 4, 2016 - May 9, 2016:

    Using binoculars to safely view Mercury transit

    Using binoculars to safely view Mercury transit

  • May 4, 2016 - May 9, 2016:

    A diagram showing Mercury crossing the disc of the Sun.

    A diagram showing Mercury crossing the disc of the Sun.