What are the two star-like lights next to the moon tonight?
One is above it to the left and is very bright. The other is directly to the right of it and farther away.
That’s Aldebaran, the bright star in Taurus.
My son told me about Google Sky View. You install it on your android and just point the phone up in the sky. It will map whatever is in the sky with labels. Kinda like GPS but for the stars.
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I was wondering that too. It’s pretty neat. Probably it’ll be in an upcoming APoD, or an extra, extra. :’)
The brighter light is Jupiter. The other one is Aldeberan.
Fun thing I thought I’d throw in with Jupiter being so easy to locate - if you look at it through a pair of decent binoculars (mine have 16x magnification and I picked them up for $60 at Wal Mart) you should be able to see some tiny specks in a line on either side. Those are the bigger moons.