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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

May 17, 2022

Nightly Events

  • May 17:

    The Big Dipper is high overhead in May. The middle star of the three stars on the handle is known as a "double star". The brighter star is joined by a fainter companion, known to the Arabs as the "horse and rider", and was used as an eye test….try it!

  • May 18:

    On this date in 1910, the Earth passed through the tail of Halley's Comet, an event that spawned any number of reactions, from taking "Comet Pills" to ward off the noxious vapors, to predictions of the end of the world. The dangers were greatly exaggerated, with no measurable effects.

  • May 19:

    Gemini, the Twins, are standing on the horizon between west and northwest this evening, Castor on the right and Pollux on the left. It was near the feet of Castor, the name of the brother as well as the star, that in 1781 Sir William Herschel discovered a new planet - the one we now call Uranus.

Star Charts

  • May 12, 2022 - May 17, 2022:

    The Total Lunar Eclipse of May 15-16 is a long-lasting event, starting late in the evening of the 15th, and continuing for more than 4 hours.

    The Total Lunar Eclipse of May 15-16 is a long-lasting event, starting late in the evening of the 15th, and continuing for more than 4 hours.

 

Eye on the Night Sky is produced by the Fairbanks Museum, home to Vermont's only public planetarium.