How do you know what’s up?

If you’re not a regular stargazer, you might not know what’s up in the sky on any given night. Even if you are a regular sky watcher, you might consult a source or two for observation guidance. Here are a few sites that offer a weekly preview of the night sky:

Sky & Telescope’s This Week’s Sky at a Glance — Sky & Telescope is an astronomy magazine. This feature of their website outlines some highlights of the sky each night and includes a weekly planet roundup.

Astronomy Magazine‘s website has a “Tonight’s Sky” widget which will give you rise and set times for the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn; and under the “News & Observing” section you can access a weekly sky guide. They also have a monthly sky guide, but you have to subscribe for that.

The Naval Oceanography Portal has some useful information under the Astronomical Data Services section, such as eclipse data and The Sky This Week. Their weekly account is descriptive with some history sprinkled in, and is not arranged in night-by-night chunks. Don’t dismiss it for that, though–it’s a good read.

Astronomy Now is a UK publication which provides The Night Sky This Week which features the night sky for northern hemisphere as well as “happenings down under.”

So, now when someone asks you, “What’s up?”, you might have something interesting to tell them!

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One Response to How do you know what’s up?

  1. Christina Smith says:

    It’s too bad there’s usually light pollution to ruin the view. 😦

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