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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

August 22, 2017

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    The dark skies near the New Moon reveal the splendors of the Milky Way arched over the top of the sky. Directly overhead, notice there are lighter and darker patches of light within the starfields of the Milky Way. The stars are evenly distributed, but vast regions of dust and gas block some of their light, causing the differences.

  • August 23:

    The Andromeda Galaxy is the only distant galaxy we can see with our own eyes. In the next few nights look in the northeast, just below the Milky Way, and about one third of the way up from the horizon at 10:00 PM EDT. It appears as a small, oval smudge of light, enhanced by viewing through binoculars.

  • August 24:

    The Big Dipper has settled into the northwest skies, a little less than one third of the way up from the horizon at 9:30 this evening. Use the handle of the Big Dipper to "arc" westward to Arcturus, a brilliant orange-white star almost due west. Arcturus is the brightest star in the skies this month.

Star Charts

  • August 15, 2017 - August 22, 2017:

    Safe viewing technique using a regular pair of binoculars.
NEVER LOOK AT THE SUN DIRECTLY THROUGH BINOCULARS!

    Safe viewing technique using a regular pair of binoculars. NEVER LOOK AT THE SUN DIRECTLY THROUGH BINOCULARS!

  • August 15, 2017 - August 22, 2017:

    Safe viewing method to see the partial eclipse.

    Safe viewing method to see the partial eclipse.

  • August 15, 2017 - August 22, 2017:

    A safe way to view the partial eclipse, using a small mirror.  You can use clay or even sand to hold the mirror, and adjust it as the Sun moves.  Having the wall or screen in the shade is helpful.  You can even position the mirror to shine it into a room inside a house or other building.

    A safe way to view the partial eclipse, using a small mirror. You can use clay or even sand to hold the mirror, and adjust it as the Sun moves. Having the wall or screen in the shade is helpful. You can even position the mirror to shine it into a room inside a house or other building.