We've got threads for cats, dogs, birds, etc. Why not a thread (that I can find) for things in the night sky?
Zero Alpha and I love sitting out and watching stuff in the sky. She's been following the comet, hoping for a clear night. Last night we decided it might be clear enough. Checked this page:
Which Planets Can You See Tonight? (other cities are available). There's a link at the top with a very useful sky map than can be rolled forward with time and date.
We walked over to the recreation field to get a relatively clear horizon (because the comet is permanently right behind the sun) and to get the bulk of the light pollution behind us. The website told us that as twilight progressed the comet would go from not visible to very good. Standing for ten minutes would allow the dark to develop and our night vision with it.
We were joined by a retired merchant seaman walking his dog. The former wanted to lead the searcb. Not very well. We turned and looked behind and managed to fluke the ISS
See the International Space Station! As the third brightest object in the sky the space station is easy to see if you know when to look up.
It was Zero Alpha's call. We went home. I got the tablet, pulled up the sky map, and by now Ursa Major was clearly visible, so I knew where to look. Back to the field. It still wasn't fully dark (we're only three weeks past the solstice) but now I knew exactly where to look under Ursa Major, 15° (a fist and a half above the horizon, good old fieldcraft — and the NASA site above). Described how to "look off" (fieldcraft again) to Zero Alpha and Alien Minor 2, who was also tagging along.
"Hold the bus! There it is." Indicate. Large tree, 11 oclock. A smudge. All agree. Job done.
What have you seen in the night sky? What do you look out for?
Perseids next month.
Polar satellites every few minutes.