What's in the Sky Tonight?

Video Tours of the Night Sky
Nov 2017
Dec 2017

NOVEMBER 2017

After sunset, Saturn shines low in the southwestern sky. Saturn will be a mediumly-bright steady light, because unlike stars, planets don't twinkle.

The Leonids meteor shower is visible in mid-November and peaks on the night of the 17th. This shower is the result of Earth’s annual passage through the dust trails left by Comet Tempel-Tuttle, which returns to the inner solar system every 33 years.



DECEMBER 2017

In early morning before sunrise, Mars and Jupiter rise in the southeastern sky. You can easily discern planets from stars because planets don't twinkle, while stars do.

The Geminids meteor shower is visible in mid-December and peaks on the night of the 13th. If you're willing to endure the cold, this is one of the better meteor showers of the year. You could see as many as 60 meteors per hour.



ASTRONOMY BINOCULARS
A mini telescope you can take anywhere

Our Favorite Astronomical Binoculars


Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars with Tripod Adapter

$60 range

If you love sky gazing, you have to have a pair of astronomy binoculars! Binoculars are a fantastic alternative to telescopes—inexpensive, lightweight, and portable. For city dwellers where there is a lot of light pollution, binoculars are essential if you want to see much of anything.

Binoculars enlarge and brighten the beauty and immensity of the night sky. You can see the detail of the moon's craters, the phases of Venus, the moons and stripes of Jupiter, the awesome jewels that dot the Milky Way, nebulae, star clusters, and comets when they're passing near.

Our favorite astonomy binoculars is the Celestron SkGiyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars. These are excellent as well:




ANOTHER GREAT ASTRONOMICAL TOOL:

THE PLANISPHERE
A year-round, real-time sky map

planisphere star locator mapA planisphere is a rotating star chart that allows you to dial in the entire visible sky for any day and time of the year and with great precision. It has been called an analog star computer and was considered magical in ancient times.

Planispheres show the brightest stars, constellations, notable galaxies and nebulae, as well as the path of the Milky Way. The plane of the ecliptic is also shown, which reveals the pathway of the planets as they appear to move across the night sky.


PLANISPHERES AND STAR MAPS



$13.77
Orion 04110 Star Target Planisphere
Designed for use within 30 degrees North and 50 degrees North latitudes regardless of calendar year - shows locations of 100 star clusters, nebulas and galaxies.
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$12.43
Night Sky® Star Wheel
Cardboard star wheel chart with moveable dial displays the positions of the stars at any time of the day and on any day of the year; shows only the brightest stars, anywhere between north latitudes 30 and 50.
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$18.64
Guide to the Stars Map
This 16-inch diameter plastic Guide to the Stars chart can be used anywhere in the world between latitudes 30 and 60 degrees North.
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$7.95
Star and Planet Locator Map
A roadmap of the night sky and accompanying booklet shows the location of stars, planets and constellations in your night sky when you dial in the exact hour and date.
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$14.08
Firefly Planisphere: Latitude 42 Degrees North
Sturdy construction, smooth wheel rotation, easy-to-read booklet and protective pocket
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