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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The winter constellations have meanwhile disappeared, we see the 'twins' Castor and Pollux above the western horizon, the moon passsing by right now. Furher to the north-west, we see the bright Capella in the constellation Auriga. The conspicuous constellation of Cassiopeia, the so-called Sky W, is visible above the northern horizon. Vega, the brightest star in Lyra, is up in the north-east, and in the east, the big conxtellation of Hercules offers a chance for the ambitious observer to find the two globular clusters M13 and M92. Arcturus in Boötes now catches the eye high up in the south. The constellation of Virgo with its brightest star Spica can be seen lower in the south. Hydra stretches above and along the south-western horizon, and Procyon can still be seen deep in the west. Right above us we now see the Big Dipper.

The giant gas planets Jupiter and Saturn are now well visible above the horizon in the dawn.

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.