This guide initially displays things that you may be able to see over the next few weeks. Use the selector below to find items by name, regardless of time of appearance.
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Terry Foxx (invasive plants)
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Richard Hansen (fish, mammals)
Dorothy Hoard (butterflies, trees)
Chick Keller (flowers, herbarium)
Shari Kelley (geology)
Kirt Kempter (geology)
Garth Tietjen (reptiles)
David Yeamans (birds)
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Photo: Nick Ares
Perseid Meteor ShowerVisible with the naked eye
Aug 12 - Aug 13
Peak of the meteor shower named after the Perseid constellation where the meteors appear to be coming from.
Summer Milky WayVisible with the naked eye
Jun 01 - Sep 01
Look for the summer Milky Way as a cloudy band streaming across the sky from north to south. That is our galaxy, with the core of it in Sagittarius in the south.
Scorpius and SagittariusVisible with the naked eye
Jun 01 - Sep 01
for Scorpius and Sagittarius in the southern sky. Sagittarius is shaped like a teapot, pouring tea onto the tail of the Scorpion. The brightest star in Scorpius is called Antares, the "Rival of Mars"
Photo: Filip Lolic
Hercules ClusterVisible with binocular
Jul 15 - Oct 01
Hercules Cluster M13, the great Hercules globular cluster, is a tightly packed cluster of about 300,000 stars -- sort of like a mini-galaxy inside our own galaxy. It is visible in binoculars, or just barely with the naked eye.
Photo: Till Credner
CassiopeiaVisible with the naked eye
Aug 01 - Dec 31
Cassiopeia, named after a queen of Greek mythology, looks like a big letter W in the northern sky. It is a "circumpolar" constellation, which means it is visible all year, but it is highest in winter.