Sunday, May 21, 2023


 Hey, Space Placers!!!

Early next week: Moon will sweep past Venus

As next week begins, you can spot the moon passing 2 bright planets and 2 bright stars. By far, the brightest of these objects - after the moon - is Venus. It'll be near the moon tonight (see chart at top) and both Monday and Tuesday evenings (see the chart above). Also, watch for the twin stars Pollux and Castor, and red Mars, over the next few nights. Visit EarthSky's night sky guide.

As you can see in the chart at the very top, dim Mars will be near the "twin"stars of Castor & Pollux.

Also, the next few days the Crescent Waxing Moon will be swinging by brilliant Venus in the Western sky and will be a sight to see. 

If you have a telescope, the closest supernova - a massive star at the end of its life that explodes in a super bright fireball that outshines its parent galaxy - to our galaxy in a decade can be easily seen in the spiral galaxy M101. 

Pre-Sunernova M101 imaged with my Unistellar Telescope 🔭 

I will be imaging M101 over the next few nights - when clear - as the supernova will continue to brighten for awhile.

We are WAY overdue for a supernova we can see in our own Milky Way as there hasn't been one since the invention of the telescope over 400 years ago! 

Clear skies!

Sky Guy in VA

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