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What’s Up for May 2017

This month, Jupiter is well placed for easy evening viewing, Saturn rises before midnight, and the moon dances with Venus, Mercury and Mars.

Cassini’s First Dive Between Saturn and Its Rings

After the first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft called home to mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. See highlights from the scene at JPL on April 26-27, 2017, and some of the first raw images the spacecraft sent back from its closest-ever look at Saturn’s atmosphere. For more information about Cassini and its “Grand Finale,” visit .

What’s Up for April 2017

What’s up in the night sky this April? Jupiter, king of the planets is visible all night long, and the Lyrids meteor shower peaks on April 22

What’s Up for November 2016

This month, learn where and when to look for Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. Plus, more meteor showers to enjoy!


What’s Up for October?

What’s Up for October? Moon phases- Observe the Moon night and three meteor showers. Watch this video to get sky maps showing where and when to look.

What’s Up for September 2016

What’s up in the sky this month? An eclipse in Africa, two minor meteor showers, and planet and moon pair-ups. Plus: Get information now to help plan for the August 2017 total solar eclipse, which will span the United States from Oregon to South Carolina.

What’s Up for August 2016

Juno’s Status at Jupiter

On July 5, just hours after NASA’s Juno spacecraft arrived at the planet Jupiter, NASA held a press briefing at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California to provide a status update on the spacecraft. Juno’s arrival at our solar system’s most massive planet was the culmination of a nearly five-year journey through space. The spacecraft will be the first to orbit the poles of Jupiter –on a mission to provide new answers to ongoing mysteries about the planet’s core, composition and magnetic fields, as well as clues about the origins of our solar system.

Hello Jupiter! The Juno Mission

On July 4th, NASA Television aired live coverage of the solar-powered Juno spacecraft’s arrival at Jupiter after an almost five-year journey. Juno is the first spacecraft to orbit the poles of our solar system’s most massive planet. It will circle the Jovian world 37 times during 20 months, skimming to within 3,100 miles (5,000 kilometers) above the cloud tops, providing new answers to ongoing mysteries about the planet’s core, composition and magnetic fields.

What’s Up for July 2016

Use Saturn as your guide to a tour of the summer Milky Way. Spot planets, constellations, nebulae and galaxies.

What’s Up for June 2016

Find out where to look in the sky this month to find Saturn, Mars, Jupiter and a comet.

What’s Up For May 2016

What can you see in the sky this month? Mercury transits the sun and Mars is closer to Earth than it has been in 11 years. Watch to learn how and where to look for them.

What’s Up for January 2016

What’s Up for January? A meteor shower, a binocular comet, and the winter circle of stars!

What’s Up for December 2015

View Mars this month, and get a preview of great Mars views in 2016—the best since 2005! For more about NASA’s exploration of the Red Planet, visit

What’s Up for November 2015

See all the phases of the moon, by day and by night! Find out why the same side of the moon always faces the Earth, and look for the areas where Apollo missions landed.

What’s Up in the Night Sky for September 2015

Curiosity Rover Report (August 2015): Three Years on Mars!

After three action-packed years on Mars, the Curiosity rover is ready to take on higher slopes of Mount Sharp.

What’s Up for August 2015 from NASA JPL

Learn where and when to look for the 2015 Perseid shower. Also this month, look for all the current and former planets (all 12 of them) in the night sky.

Europa: Ocean World

Scientists believe there is an ocean hidden beneath the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. NASA-JPL astrobiologist Kevin Hand explains why scientists are so excited about the potential of this ice-covered world to answer one of humanity’s most profound questions.

Undersea footage provided by John Delaney, University of Washington

To learn more about Europa, visit:

What’s Up for January 2015 by NASA’s JPL

Jupiter’s moons are putting on an amazing show this month. The orbital path of the moons is tilting edge-on to Earth and the sun. This lineup makes it possible to watch the moons pass in front of each other and even eclipse each other with their shadows. Get all the details, including where to find Jupiter in the sky this month, in this edition of What’s Up.