Eyes on the Sky: May 21 thru May 27
Two crescents on the 22nd; Hunting in the Dragon
With the Venus Transit just a couple weeks away, the brilliant point of light in the western sky is sinking towards the horizon. And given the recent solar eclipse seen by much of the Pacific area of the world on the 20th, the Moon is just past new, and pays a visit to the planet. Check out how these two crescents can be seen easily from most any location.
Looking to the north, we find the constellation of Draco the dragon. Though dimmer overall than many of the more prominent constellations, it’s location near the Big Dipper and the bright star Vega means that we can go hunting for some interesting objects with binoculars and telescopes. For a star charts of the Draco region, click here and download Star Charts #1 and #6. And don’t miss Saturn near a couple of brighter stars in Virgo, neatly framed in a wide-field telescopic view. Check it out, and “see what’s up” in the sky this week.
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Posted on May 21, 2012, in Hot News, Weekly Vodcast and tagged amateur astronomy, Astronomy, constellations, Education, Night Sky, Stars, Sun, Telescopes Binoculars and Accessories, Transit of Venus, Venus. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.