Star chart with arrow from Big Dipper to North Star Polaris

Big Dipper stars point to North Star

The 2 outermost stars in the bowl of the Big Dipper always point to the North Star, aka Polaris. That’s why astronomers call these stars The Pointers.

Moon swings in front of the constellation Leo the lion in late May 2020.

Late May: Moon in Leo the Lion

On May 28, 29 and 30, 2020, use the moon to locate Leo the Lion and its bright star Regulus. The name Regulus means “little king.”

Waxing crescent moon aligns with Mercury and Venus after sunset.

Moon, in Gemini, points to Mercury and Venus

These next few evenings – May 26 and 27, 2020 – the moon moves out of the constellation Gemini and into the constellation Cancer. The lit side of the waxing crescent moon serves as your arrow in the sky, pointing right at the planet Mercury. Mercury may be visible to the eye alone around an hour after sunset.

Moon and evening planets, Mercury and Venus, adorn the May evening twilight.,

Young moon, Venus, Mercury on May 23, 24 and 25

On the evenings of May 23, 24 and 25, 2020, watch the great drama in your western twilight sky, as the young moon meets Mercury and Venus.

Mercury and Venus pair up May 21 and 22

Depending on where you live worldwide, the planets Mercury and Venus will pair up most closely for the year on May 21 or 22, 2020.

Deneb, tail of Cygnus the Swan

Deneb marks the Tail of Cynus the Swan. At the same time, it marks the head of a crosslike pattern – an asterism – known as the Northern Cross.

Mercury beneath Venus in the western sky after sunset in May 2020.

After sunset, use Venus to find Mercury

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, these next few weeks will provide your best opportunity to spot Mercury, the innermost planet, in the evening sky for this year. Use Venus to locate Mercury in the western sky after sunset in May 2020!

Moon and morning planets on May 14, 2020.

Moon and Mars before sunrise May 14

On May 14, 2020, the moon is at or near its last quarter phase and close to the red planet Mars on the sky’s dome. Watch for the half-lit moon in the predawn sky; the red planet will be near it.

Venus’ final month in the evening sky

This month, May 2020, presents the planet Venus’ last full month in the evening sky for this year.

Moon and morning planets in predawn/dawn sky.

Moon and 3 morning planets May 11 to 14

On the mornings of May 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2020, the waning moon will be sweeping past Jupiter, Saturn and finally Mars in the early morning sky. Great time to get acquainted!

Two grey full moons on top of each other, one a full supermoon (full moon at perigee) overlaid with a micro-moon (full moon at apogee).

Last full supermoon of 2020

The May 2020 full moon presents the 3rd in a series of 3 full supermoons. It’s the 3rd-closest, 3rd-largest and 3rd-brightest full moon of this year.

Moon in front of the constellation Leo the Lion.

Moon sweeps through Leo in early May

These next few nights – May 1 and 2, 2020 – the moon is located in the direction of the constellation Leo the Lion. You’ll see the moon near Regulus, the star that represents the Lion’s Heart.

April’s 2nd 1st quarter moon on April 30

Tonight – April 30, 2020 – enjoy the second of two April first quarter moons, as it lights up Cancer the Crab, one of the faintest constellations of the zodiac.

Moon and Venus highlight evening sky.

Venus at its brightest in late April

Look west after sunset to behold dazzling Venus, the sky’s brightest planet shining at her brightest best in the evening sky!

Young moon and Venus after sunset.

Young moon and bright Venus after sunset April 24 to 26

After the sun sets on April 24-26, 2020, look west for the waxing crescent moon near the brightest planet in Earth’s sky, Venus.

Watch for Lyrid meteors this week

Assuming ideal conditions, you might catch 10 to 15 meteors per hour in 2020’s Lyrid meteor shower. The peak is probably Wednesday morning – April 22 – but watch the mornings before and after, too.

Moon and morning planets on April 14, 15 and 16, 2020.

Watch the moon sweep near 3 morning planets

Before daybreak these next several mornings – April 14, 15 and 16, 2020 – watch for the moon to sweep near Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. All 3 planets are bright and easy to spot. They make a little line in the predaw sky.

Zodiacal light and Venus after dusk in April 2020.

Zodiacal light juts upward to Taurus

Best seen in west after sunset from N. Hemisphere, east before dawn from S. Hemisphere. Northerners … watch for stars of Taurus behind this mysterious pyramid of light.

Seek a daytime moon after sunrise

The next several mornings, after sunrise, present the perfect time to catch a daytime moon over your western horizon after sunrise.

Year’s biggest and brightest supermoon on April 7-8

Watch for the biggest supermoon of the year to shine all night long. It lights up the eastern sky at dusk/nightfall April 7, climbs highest up for the night around midnight and sets in the west around sunrise April 8.