Astronomy Guide

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.

For more local information join the Pajarito Astronomers and watch for Los Alamos County-sponsored Dark Nights.

Astronomy References

Archaeoastronomy (solstices and equinoxes)
NASA (eclipses, transits, moon phases)

Subject Area Experts (all guides)

Steve Cary (butterflies)
Beth Cortright (insects)
Terry Foxx (invasive plants)
Leslie Hansen (mammals)
Richard Hansen (fish, mammals)
Dorothy Hoard (butterflies, trees)
Chick Keller (flowers, herbarium)
Shari Kelley (geology)
Kirt Kempter (geology)
Garth Tietjen (reptiles)
David Yeamans (birds)

Web Development and Content Management

Pat Bacha
Jennifer Macke
Graham Mark
Akkana Peck


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Summer Milky Way

Photo: ESO"

Summer Milky Way

Visible 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 Sagittarius

Photo: Eoghanacht

Scorpius and Sagittarius

Visible 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"

Hercules Cluster

Photo: Filip Lolic

Hercules Cluster

Visible 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


Visible 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.

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