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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

May 28, 2020

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    The Moon approaches its First Quarter, while approaching the bright star Regulus, marking the front shoulder or "heart" of Leo, the Lion, a little less than halfway up in the west-southwest as twilight fades near 9:30. By tomorrow evening, the First Quarter Moon lifts up above Regulus.

  • May 29:

    Between the brightest star in the skies this evening, Arcturus, high in the southeast, and the second brightest, Vega, slightly lower in the east, the faint stars of Hercules offer a challenge to view. Many people look for the bowtie pattern, marking his knees to the upper left, and his shoulders to the lower right.

  • May 30:

    While Venus has plunged out of view, the evening twilight features Mercury, with its best evening display of the year, lasting for another few days. Looking one to two hand-widths above the west-northwest horizon from 9:15 to 9:30, Mercury appears as a bright spark in the failing twilight.

Star Charts

  • April 28, 2020 - May 31, 2020:

    Moon Phases

    Moon Phases