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Venus is very bright but low in the western sky just after sunset. To its upper left, Mars shines much dimmer. In the predawn, Jupiter shines bright in the east with yellowish Saturn to its upper right.

Lunar eclipse guide: May 26 super blood Moon

The total lunar eclipse will turn the Moon red. The Moon will also be near its closest point to Earth and appear larger than usual.

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.