Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society

At least three bright objects will greet you after sunset: Venus in the West, just above the setting Sun; with Jupiter to the left of Venus, and Saturn in between.

To the right of Venus, you’ll see the bright star Vega. It makes up one point of the Summer Triangle. See if you can find the other two points of the triangle using the skymap below (hint: look for Deneb and Altair).

Here is a list of things you should be able to see in Winter with just ordinary binoculars (7 x 35).

You can use this diagram as a guide. It can be downloaded at skymaps.com. The orientation for the map is set for South, with the middle of the circle representing straight overhead. Turn the map upside down when looking North.

The larger the blob on the map, the brighter the object will appear in the sky–note the magnitude legend at the bottom right of the map. Contrary to intuition, the higher the magnitude number, the dimmer the object appears.

ISS (International Space Station passes)

Will the ISS make a pass over Chapel Hill tonight?