Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July / August 2014 Starmap

The latest starmap is here: MCAO July / August Starmap.

The weather has been a bit disappointing for the past few observatory guest nights, but I'm feeling optimistic for Friday. Accuweather.com is saying conditions will be "good" for stargazing.

I would love for a clear night. There's so much celestial goodness to see this month and next that I could barely fit everything on the latest starmap.

The starmap itself is from the heavens-above website, as are the dates for planetary oppositions, elongations, and conjunctions. The additional sky and planet information is obtained from Stellarium. (I simply set the location to Rockville and look at the sky throughout the relevant months with an eye towards interesting groupings of the Moon and planets.) The meteor shower dates are obtained from EarthSky.