Hope Carter in Martin, Michigan caught this shot around 5 a.m. on June 24, 2015. She wrote:
I was up very early this morning hoping to catch a glimpse of the northern lights, but they never showed. Instead I focused north and managed to get this shot of the Big Dipper.
You don’t have to wait until dawn to see the Big Dipper. On June evenings, Big Dipper is high in the north.
See the second star from the end of the Dipper’s handle? You can see in this photo – and in the sky – that there are two stars there. Can’t see it? View larger. The brighter of these two stars is called Mizar, and the fainter one is Alcor. They’re sometimes called “the horse and rider” and are one of the sky’s easiest-to-spot double stars. Read more about Mizar and Alcor.
Many did catch the northern lights this week. See this week’s aurora photos here.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.