Courtesy of NASA
Courtesy of NASA
If you want to get a heads-up on what’s happening in the heavens right NOW then this is the place. We’ve got everything from LIVE aurora watches and solar activity including sunspot counts courtesy space and ground-based observatories. Check out the Jupiter and Saturn moon placement charts, meteor shower forecasts, and the ever popular International Space Station observing links.
Monthly Calendar of Celestial Events
Source: Observer’s Handbook, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada;
May Night Sky – Northern Hemisphere
The above all sky map shows the constellations and positions of the planets as seen from mid-northern latitude of about 45 degrees (Montreal, Canada) around mid-month at 9 pm local time. The night sky should looks about the same for cities situated around the same latitude like Toronto, New York, Vancouver, and even Washington D.C. The outer edge of the circle marks your local horizon and shows all major compass directions. Hold this map in front of you while facing East (general direction where the Sun rises) . West will be in back of you while North will be to your left and South to your Right.
- Clear Sky Chart - Check to see how good your local sky conditions are for stargazing.
- Personal Star Chart - download and print out a map of the night sky for the current month.
- Mars Profiler - See which hemisphere and topographic features are currently facing Earth
- Jupiter’s moons Tracker – Use this online tool to identify where each of the four Galilean moons of Jupiter are for any entered date and time.
- Jupiter’s Red Spot Transit Calculator – This online tool calculates when it is the best time to see Jupiter’s Great Red Spot through a telescope
- Saturn’s moons Tracker - Use this online tool to identify the brightest moons of Saturn through a small to medium telescope for any entered date and time
- Upcoming Lunar Occultation Events – Check to see when the next time the Moon glides in front of a bright star
- Asteroid Occultation Update – Check to see when the next asteroid eclipses (occults) a star in the heavens and where in the world it is visible stargazing starssgazing stargazing stargazing stargazing stargazing telescope telescope telescope telescope stargazing stargazing stargazing stargazing stargazing stargazing telescope telescope telescope telescope stargazing stargazing stargazing stargazing stargazing stargazing telescope telescope telescope telescope
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Current Auroral Conditions over North Pole