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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

May 24, 2015

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    Where is the Milky Way these days? For most evening viewers, the spring is the worst for viewing our galaxy, returning to the skies from mid-July through the rest of the year. But in the hours after midnight it rises, along with the Summer Triangle to a prominent position in the east.

  • May 25:

    Memorial Day serves as an unofficial kick-off to summer, and the stars are doing their part. One of summer’s quintessential constellations is Scorpio, the Scorpion. The star Antares, regarded as the heart of the Scorpion, is rising in the twilight, and is nearly due south at midnight.

  • May 26:

    The evenings in May feature the Big Dipper high in the northwest. Tonight at 10:15 PM EDT, the end star on the handle of the Dipper, Alkaid, is nearly overhead. Its name comes from Arabic, meaning the “leader of the daughters of the bier” – with the handle stars as mourners, and the “bowl” of the Dipper as a funeral bier.