The Harvest Moon is full the night of Friday, the 13th. See what other night sights await.
Jupiter, in Ophiuchus, is the white dot hanging in the south-southwest in late twilight, Antares, fainter, twinkles 7° to Jupiter's lower right. Saturn glows four times as far to Jupiter's upper left.
Altair is the brightest star on the southern side of the sky after dark this week. (We're not counting the planets Jupiter and Saturn, far to its lower right.)
Jupiter is that white dot in the south as twilight fades. After dark it moves lower toward the southwest. Orange Antares, much fainter, twinkles 7° to Jupiter's lower right.
As nights turn chilly, the Great Square of Pegasus lifts up in the east, balancing on one corner. From its left corner extends the main stars of the Andromeda constellation.
As nights turn chilly, the Great Square of Pegasus lifts up in the east, balancing on one corner. From its left corner extends the main stars of the constellation Andromeda.
The Big Dipper hangs diagonally in the northwest after dark. From its midpoint, look to the right to find Polaris (not very bright) glimmering due north as always.
Jupiter and Saturn stand out in the southern sky these evenings.
The white "star" glaring in the south during and after dusk is Jupiter. Fainter, orange Antares fainter twinkles to its lower right. Saturn glows far to Jupiter's left.
Jupiter is that white point glaring in the south during and after dusk. Orange Antares, fainter, twinkles to its lower right.
Jupiter shines bright in the southeast after dark. Saturn is up late. The Big Dipper, high in the northwest, is starting to turn around to "scoop up water."
The Milky Way now forms a magnificent arch across the eastern sky as evening grows late, if you have a dark enough sky.
Jupiter glares in the southeastern sky by late twilight. Antares, much fainter at magnitude +1.0, twinkles 10° to its right. Jupiter shines highest in the south by about midnight.
The evening gibbous Moon forms a triangle with Jupiter to its lower right and Antares to its lower left, as shown here. Think photo opportunity.
The middle star of the Big Dipper's bent handle is Mizar, with tiny little Alcor right next to it.
Just a week and a half ago, the Big Dipper floated horizontally as the stars came out after sunset. Now it's angled diagonally at that time.
The Summer Triangle is making its appearance in the east these evenings, one star after another: Vega, Deneb, then Altair.
The Moon, nearly full, shines in dim Libra. Find Arcturus very high above the Moon. Less far to the Moon's right or upper right is Spica, one magnitude fainter.
The Moon shines to the right of Regulus. Above Regulus is Algieba (Gamma Leonis). They're the two brightest stars of the Sickle of Leo.
Three zero-magnitude stars shine after dark in May: Arcturus high in the southeast, Vega much lower in the northeast, and Capella in the northwest.
The dim Little Dipper extends to the right from Polaris. High above the Little Dipper's bowl you'll find the bowl of the Big Dipper.
The Pointer stars forming the end of the Big Dipper's bowl point straight down toward Polaris. Face north and look way up.
The Moon shines high in the southwest with Pollux and Castor to its upper right and brighter Procyon farther below it.
The Moon, stars, planets, constellations -- sky sights every night for the unaided eye, binoculars and telescopes, from Sky & Telescope magazine.
Mars pairs with the Pleiades this week, and a sunrise challenge on Monday morning: find the thin crescent Moon to the right of Venus.