The Northern Hemisphere
Summer is on its way with a selection of galaxies and star clusters to be enjoyed into the early hours
With the summer sky bringing with it longer days and shorter nights, the constellations of May are reserved for those willing to stay up until the small hours to capture those stunning night-sky targets.
Observers in the Northern Hemisphere can look forward to gazing at the gems of Canes Venatici (the Hunting Dogs), Centaurus (the Centaur), Coma Berenices (Berenice’s Hair) and Virgo (the Virgin), where a stunning selection of galaxies and star clusters are easy pickings with binoculars or telescopes. In particular, the Virgo Cluster is home to the Black Eye Galaxy (Messier
64), and spiral galaxy and brightest member of the Virgo cluster Messier
100, which are a joy to behold on the increasingly warmer evenings.
The night sky as it appears on 15 May 2018 at approximately 10pm (BST).