The Lyrid meteor shower, also known as the April Lyrids, is one of the oldest known meteor showers, with records dating back more than 2,600 years. The Lyrids are an annual event that peaks around April 22 and the early morning of April 23 each year. Lyrid meteors can typically be seen from April 16 … [Read more…]
Here are some of the highlights of the night sky in August: 9 PM southern sky – Mars and Saturn moving toward the western horizon after sunset, moving closer together as the month progresses 9 PM western sky – August 31 – Mars, Saturn and the crescent Moon in a triple conjunction 5:45 AM eastern … [Read more…]
The Summer Triangle is one of the most familiar patterns in the northern summer night sky. The three bright stars that mark the vertices of the Summer Triangle are Altair, Deneb, and Vega, the brightest stars in the constellations Aquila, Cygnus, and Lyra. The star pattern makes it easy to locate each of the three … [Read more…]
Vega, Alpha Lyrae, is the brightest star in Lyra constellation and the fifth brightest star in the sky. Vega is only fainter than Sirius in Canis Major, Canopus in Carina, Alpha Centauri in Centaurus, and Arcturus in Boötes constellation. It is the second brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere, with only Arcturus appearing brighter.
Here are some of the highlights of the night sky in April: 9 PM western sky – Jupiter hanging over the western horizon 9 PM eastern sky – Mars hanging over the eastern horizon, up throughout the night 11 PM southeastern sky – Saturn rising after sunset 11 PM eastern sky – on April 16, … [Read more…]
Here are the highlights of the night sky in August: 8:30 PM western sky – Venus over the western horizon at twilight, and Saturn slightly higher in the sky, moving toward the western horizon in the evening 10 PM southeastern sky – Lyra constellation with the bright stars Vega and Epsilon Lyrae (the Double Double), … [Read more…]
The Ring Nebula, or Messier 57, is a famous planetary nebula located in Lyra constellation, south of Vega, the fifth brightest star in the sky. The nebula was formed about 4,000 years ago, when the central star, a red giant, ejected a shell of ionized gas in the final stage of its evolution before becoming … [Read more…]
Here are the highlights of the night sky in April: 9 PM, western sky – Jupiter rising over the western horizon 10 PM, eastern sky – Saturn rises in the eastern sky and stays visible in the south-east throughout the night 10 PM, northern sky – Ursa Major constellation and the Big Dipper asterism are … [Read more…]