Today (June 21) is the solstice, marking the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. In celebration, here is a video that shows the apparent path of the Sun across the sky in New York State at different times of the year. Our latitude in Chicago is similar, so a video shot here would… Read More Solstice!
Vega The star VEGA, brightest in the constellation Lyra, the lyre, is number 4 on our countdown of the brightest stars visible in Chicago. Vega is one of the three stars in the so-called Summer Triangle. The other two stars were featured earlier in our countdown: Deneb and Altair. The triangle is easy to spot… Read More Brightest Stars Visible From Chicago: #4
Capella CAPELLA is the brightest star in the constellation of Auriga, the charioteer, and is number 5 on our countdown of the brightest stars visible from Chicago. Capella is a prominent feature of the winter and spring skies, and its location means that it is high above the horizon during the long nights of winter. You… Read More Brightest Stars Visible From Chicago: #5
Rigel We return to the famous constellation Orion for star #6 on our countdown, RIGEL, the brightest star in that constellation. Orion is truly a brilliant sight in the winter sky. It is the only constellation with two stars in this countdown, the other was Betelgeuse. And the three stars of its belt do not… Read More Brightest Stars Visible From Chicago: #6
Attention Chicagoans, if the skies clear up, you will be able to see the International Space Station tonight. It will look like a bright star or planet moving quickly across the sky. It will appear above the west-southwest horizon at 9:39 PM CDT and will swing around to the northeast before dipping below the horizon 6… Read More Tonight: See the ISS