Starry Sky

On this page (approximately for the geographical latitude of Daun, N50.2°) the current starry sky at the respective middle of the month is always shown, namely for 22:00 CET (or CEST in summer months). The constellations are shown, and the names of the brightest stars are given. In addition, as far as visible in the firmament at this time, the moon and the planets are marked. The band of the Milky Way is visible as a gray veil. South is below.

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We're having midsummer now, and all winter constellations have disappeared. Towards the west, we can still make out Regulus in the constellation of Leo, while deep in the north-west Castor and Pollux are leaving the sky. Further towards the north, Capella is seen above the horizon. The Sky-W in Cassiopeia is slowly rising in the north-east. Also towards the north-east, Deneb is saliently shining, and Vega, the brightest star in Lyra, is dominating in the east. Higher above the big constellation of Hercules subtends a large portion of the sky. The ambitious observer may find the globular cluster M13 (marked in the starry-sky map) with good binoculars. In the south, we see bright Arcturus in Bootes, and the Big Dipper is seen almost in the zenith.

Early birds will spot the giant gas planets Jupiter and Saturn already well above the eastern horizon.

For amateur astronomers who have their own telescopes, here are links to the relevant weather data and the so-called 'seeing', which is a measure of air turbulence. A bad seeing makes celestial objects wobble at high magnification, so that for example lunar craters or planetary discs appear more or less blurred, and astrophotos seem to be out of focus. Regarding the weather informations we recommend the sat24 and wetteronline internet services. The seeing for Schalkenmehren can be taken from meteoblue. Light pollution is low at Hoher List, as the following map shows.