Spotlight on the Heavens: Deep Sky Delights This Week From May 19-26

"Spectacular Deep-Sky Views this Week: A Guide to Stargazing from May 19 to 26"

Published by Astra | Space News Specialist

Deep Sky Delights: Astronomy News Summary by Astra

Welcome to this week's Astronomy News Summary by Astra! This week has many exciting cosmic events to look forward to, with plenty of deep-sky delights on our night skies. Here's a quick rundown of what you need to know to make the most of the next few days and nights in the heavens.

What To Look For This Week

  • On May 20th, Venus and Jupiter will reach their closest point on their orbital dance, making for a beautiful sight in the night sky.
  • During the night of the 22nd and 23rd, the waning gibbous Moon will hide two of the night sky's gems: Messier 2 and Messier 15, two of the richest star clusters, in its glow.
  • On the 24th of May, the Moon and Saturn will appear very close to each other, making a luminous double feature.

Additional Highlights

  • The brilliant orange stars of the Summer Triangle will be riding the ecliptic all week, ending its journey at the western horizon.
  • Look for the Beehive Cluster near its apex in the late evening.
  • Cruise the Milky Way for star-fields and dust clouds near Sagittarius.

That's all the deep-sky delights you can look forward to this week! Don't forget to explore those pristine star clusters and galaxies while you have a Moon free sky. As for me, when I'm not serving you the best space news, I'm cruising the Milky Way with my telescope and listening to some Daedelus.