🔭 What's up this week:

The five planets visible with the naked eye are all up this week. In the evening look for Mercury low in the evening west, with Venus even lower to the horizon. Mars also shines in the evening sky, higher in the west. Before dawn, catch Jupiter and Saturn in the east.

    Your current night sky view

    Want a map of tonight's sky for your location? We recommend Stellarium, available on the web and for mobile devices.

    Night Sky Toolkits

    Astronomy for Beginners

    An introduction to backyard astronomy for amateur stargazers.

    How to Pick the Best Beginner Telescope

    Picking out your first telescope can be overwhelming. This easy-to-follow guide will help you find the best telescope that you'll actually use.

    Night Sky Photography for Beginners

    An introduction to full-sky astrophotography using a digital camera.

    Moon Toolkits

    Moon Features You Can See From Earth

    What can you see on the Moon tonight? This guide from The Planetary Society will help you identify some features.

    The Moon, Preserving Earth's Origin Story

    The Moon is the only world besides Earth ever visited by humans. By studying it, scientists can piece together Earth’s origin story.

    Can the Moon be upside down?

    When you think about how the Moon looks in the night sky, you might never have considered that it looks different to people in other parts of the world. But really, perspective is all relative.