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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

May 22, 2019

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    Just a few minutes before midnight, the iconic ringed-planet Saturn climbs above the southeast horizon, joined just a few minutes later by the waning Gibbous Moon. By the first blush of twilight in the dawn, the pair will be due south near 4:20 AM., low above the horizon.

  • May 23:

    Low above the northern horizon near 10 o'clock this evening, can you make out the letter "W" formed by five medium-bright stars? This forms part of the throne of Cassiopeia, the Queen. To her upper right, still low, you might see a house-shaped pattern - a box with a triangle on top. This is the Queen's husband, King Cepheus.

  • May 24:

    While the King and the Queen, Cepheus and Cassiopeia languish near the northern horizon, Draco, the Dragon has slithered higher into the northeast. Though his stars aren't overly bright, look for his tail starting between the Big and Little Dippers, then curving around the Little Dipper to the right and down.

Star Charts

  • May 25, 2019 - June 8, 2019:

    Looking in the east near 10 o'clock from May 20 to June 1.  Hercules, sometimes called "the Kneeler", has his foot on the head of Draco, the Dragon.

    Looking in the east near 10 o'clock from May 20 to June 1. Hercules, sometimes called "the Kneeler", has his foot on the head of Draco, the Dragon.