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Most astronomers would tell you that the best moon is no moon.
Gemini’s 2 brightest stars – Castor and Pollux – represent twins in many cultures.
Corvus is a small constellation, recognizable for its compact, boxy shape. It’s a fun one!
The Keystone is a noticeable pattern of 4 stars in the constellation Hercules. The bright star Vega acts as your guide to finding it.
Bright, bluish Vega marks the constellation Lyra the Harp.
Jupiter rises when the sun sets. It’s ascending in the east in evening twilight. Turn around and look for Venus in the west. Venus and Jupiter will be super bright as night falls, balancing the 2 sides of your sky.
What a great time to identify many bright stars! Let the moon be your guide.
Star hopping is a great way to learn the night sky. Start with the brightest, most noticeable stars and constellations and hop from there.
Sundial and clock agree every year in middle April. It means that, when the midday sun climbs highest, the sundial reads 12 noon and your local clock says 12 noon.
Many stargazers call it the finest globular cluster in the northern half of the heavens. It’s M13, also known as the Great Cluster in Hercules.
Sunset and smoke over Colorado