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Photographers on opposite sides of Earth captured images of the moon and the Beehive star cluster as they paired up in mid-June 2021.
On a dark night, look for it as a smudge of light, with 3 times the moon’s diameter. It’s really a wondrous cluster of stars called the Beehive, or M44.
Look for Jupiter tonight, and note its location. Then - when the moon drops out of the evening sky - use Jupiter to find the famous Beehive star cluster.
Use the planet Jupiter and the star Regulus to find the Beehive star cluster tonight and for many nights to come!
Comet Lovejoy has been visible with binoculars in the predawn sky, near the famous Beehive star cluster. How to spot it, plus best photos, here.
The planets in the Beehive are the first ever found around sun-like stars in a cluster of stars.
Here are charts showing the late June evening sky in 2021, from master chartmaker Guy Ottewell. One looks west after sunset. One looks from above.
An ancient people with a sweet tooth - the Nok culture of sub-Saharan Africa - used terracotta pots to hold honey 3,500 years ago. They may be the earliest confirmed honey collectors in Africa.
Here's how to find the constellation Cancer the Crab in your sky. Plus Cancer's place in sky history, lore and science.
These next few nights - March 23 and 24, 2021 - the bright waxing gibbous moon puts the constellation Cancer in the spotlight, but out of view.
What are the best solar system and deep-sky objects to view to get the most out of your binoculars? From moon-encircled worlds to starry knots in the Milky Way, our list makes the sky’s wonders easy to find.
Cancer the Crab is the faintest constellation of the zodiac. But - if you'll note the stars in the moon's vicinity on February 24, 2021 - those stars can help you find Cancer.
Sirius is easy to find. It's the sky's brightest star. If you have binoculars and a dark location, look near it for the star cluster M41.
Meet the bright star Aldebaran, part of a V-shaped pattern of stars called the Hyades. This easy-to-find star cluster represents the face of Taurus the Bull.
Open clusters are young, loosely bound gatherings of stars that may still be surrounded by the nebula - or space cloud - in which they were born. The Pleiades, Hyades, and Beehive are well-known examples of open star clusters.
Last quarter moon comes on October 10. That morning, the moon will be in front of Gemini the Twins. The next morning - October 11 - the moon will be in front of Cancer the Crab.
Cancer the Crab is famous, but faint. You likely won't see it tonight, in the moon's glare. But you'll see bright stars around it, and they can guide you to Cancer when the moon moves away.
A new study finds that honey bees develop different scent profiles as they age, and guard bees respond differently to returning foragers than to younger bees who've never ventured out.
This 2019 total eclipse of the moon was the last one until May 2021. The EarthSky community captured it. A selection of images here. See more at EarthSky Community Photos!
Wake up before dawn in early October 2018, and let the waning moon show you the zodiacal constellations Gemini and Cancer.
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