Thursday, May 30, 2024

Today: Saturn continues to rise a few minutes earlier each night, breaking the eastern horizon at 2 o’clock tomorrow morning, though not alone. The Moon is just hours past its Last Quarter phase, still looking half-illuminated, just to the lower left of its...

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Today: Prowling the heavens high in the southwest this evening starting near 9:30 PM, you’ll find Leo, the Lion. Leo is one of the horoscope signs, its traditional dates of late July into the third week of August marking when the sun was against the background...

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Today: As twilight fades from 9:30 to 10:00 PM this evening, can you make out the letter “W” formed by five medium-bright stars, low above the northern horizon? This forms part of the throne of Cassiopeia, the Queen. To her upper right, still low, you...

Monday, May 27, 2024

Today: 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...

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Today: 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...

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Today: The Memorial Day weekend 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,...