Milky Way

Bob King. Used with permission.

Venus's upcoming conjunction with the sun means it will be backlit to a fare-thee-well in the next few weeks, but after that, it changes things up and decides to try out life as a morning star for a while.

J. Skowron / OGLE / Astronomical Observatory, University of Warsaw

Betelgeuse will show up tonight, and unlike the similarly-named poltergeist, you don't even have to say its name three times.

AstroBob will have some helpful tips for red-giant-spotting on his blog, and you can read about scientists' concerns that "Betelgeuse is acting strange" here.

©Bob King. Used with permission.

As if having a  lovely long weekend to camp under the stars - and clear skies to enjoy them - wasn't enough,  we have northern lights to look forward to, possibly Saturday night!

Bob King's got the space weather forecast (with links for the three-day and the 27-day version) plus tips on how to photograph the aurora for yourself!

©Jim Schaff. All rights reserved.

Clear skies and cool, mosquito-discouraging temperatures mean it will be a great week to get out into the toolies away from city lights, and bask in the glow of the summertime Milky Way instead.

You can find our more about spirites, about Jim Schaff's photograph above, and how to photograph sprites for yourself here.