Sky Tonight

What’s Up in September 2014

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 (Universal Time)

    05  15     Venus at Perihelion
    07  22:29  Moon at Perigee: 358388 km
    08  20:38  FULL MOON
    11  02:32  Moon at Descending Node
    11  17     Mercury at Aphelion
    14  20:01  Aldebaran 1.4°S of Moon
    15  21:05  LAST QUARTER MOON
    20  05:39  Jupiter 5.4°N of Moon
    20  08:56  Mercury 0.5°S of Spica
    20  09:22  Moon at Apogee: 405846 km
    21  13:52  Regulus 4.7°N of Moon
    21  17     Mercury at Greatest Elong: 26.4°E
    22  21:30  Autumnal Equinox
    24  01:14  NEW MOON
    25  12:41  Moon at Ascending Node
    25  19:48  Spica 2.6°S of Moon
    26  04:32  Mercury 4.2°S of Moon
    27  23:46  Saturn 0.8°S of Moon: Occn.
    28  01:26  Mars 3.0°N of Antares
    29  12:01  Mars 5.6°S of Moon
Source: Observer’s Handbook, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada;

Night Sky – Northern Hemisphere

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The above all sky map shows the constellations and positions of the planets as seen from mid-northern latitude LIVE. 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.Clcik on eother the time or coordinates to customize.

Observing Tools

  • 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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Meteor Shower Forecast (click image)

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Current Auroral Conditions over North Pole

This NOAA POES satellite image shows the current location, extent, and intensisty of the aurora borealis. Suprimosped on a map of North America, the strength of auroral activity is shown with yellow, orange and red indicating higher levels.
The Image is updated every 10 minutes