In 1973, Doug Berger had a plan to bring astronomy to the masses. He was the president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California at the time, and he wanted to entice people across the country to take a peek through a telescope and see the stars first hand.

Berger and the AANC set up telescopes on street corners, shopping malls, parks, and other urban centers to bring the tools to the people. It worked, and people were hooked. Thus Astronomy Day was born, and May 14 marks the 43rd celebration.

Astronomy Day is designed around the idea of “Bringing Astronomy to the People.” It has grown into an international event (check the AstroLeague website for the nearest location) held every spring on the Saturday closest to the first-quarter Moon.

Even with NASA’s impressive space documentation on social media, there’s nothing like going out and seeing the stars for yourself. In particular, there are five things to look out for today. If you need a little extra help, there are plenty of stargazing apps for that.

1. Jupiter

Jupiter can be seen earlier in the night.

Jupiter can be found in the southern sky earlier in the night. Check in around 9 p.m. or so.

2. Mars and Saturn

Mars can be seen and used as a marker for Saturn, which will be right below and to the left.

The two planets will be close together in the southeastern sky later in the evening, around 11:30 p.m.

3. Virgo

The Virgo Cluster

Look into the Southern sky in the late evening to see Virgo — the heroic maiden of the sky. The Virgo Cluster of galaxies can be seen just above the maiden herself, and the Sombrero Galaxy is to the bottom right.

4. Coma Berenices

Messier 64, or the "black eye galaxy."

A simple three star cluster called Coma Berenices is a great locator for other astronomical sights. Don’t miss Messier 64, a spiral galaxy also known as the Black Eye Galaxy, located in Coma Berenices’ triangle.

5. Canes Venatici

Messier 51, or the "whirlpool galaxy."

Canes Venatici — AKA “the hunting dogs of the gods” — is a good way to locate Messier 51, or the Whirlpool Galaxy.

Photos via Wikipedia (1, 2), NASA (1, 2, 3), Getty

SpaceX is gearing up to send humans into space for the first time. On Monday, CEO Elon Musk confirmed a report that claimed NASA estimates the firm will be ready for people-carrying space adventures as early as April of next year. While a good sign for the company’s Mars mission, a successful human test flight would also enable a new method of sending people to the International Space Station.

Not all who wander are lost, but that might be the case for a newly discovered rogue planet. Scientists have found evidence of a giant planetary mass outside our solar system that appears to be traveling without any sort of set orbit or parent star.

This bumbling fool of a planet was first discovered by astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA). From the radio astronomy observatory, scientists were able to pick up its magnetic activity and study it, the findings of which were made public on Thursday. It’s the first time the observatory’s radio-telescope detection was able to pick up a planetary-mass object beyond our solar system.

Ever seen a meteoroid hit the moon? Almost definitely not in person, but have you ever seen video of such space phenomena? If you haven’t, thanks to something called the Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System, now you can.

The system, also known as MIDAS, captured the moments when two rogue meteoroids hit the moon’s surface on July 17 and 18. That’s right; this happened twice over two different days, with the meteoroids striking two different locations on the lunar surface.

The Perseid meteor shower is back, space enthusiasts. The Perseids peak during mid-August. NASA calls this meteor shower the best one of the year, so you’re definitely not going to want to miss this celestial event.

Although NASA reports that the Perseids are active between July 14 and August 24, NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com on Thursday that the shower’s peak will be most visible the nights of August 11 and August 12, with the second night possibly offering better viewing. He added: “The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that’ll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it.”

Summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy some fresh seafood by the water — unless you let an old seafood rule spoil your fun. While you’re slurping your oyster shooters, you may recall a little bit of wisdom that someone (maybe your mom?) once told you: Only eat oysters during months that have an “R” in them. You may have even heard a variation of this rule that includes all seafood, not just oysters. And if you’re sweating those crab rolls you recently scarfed down — especially if you just read about the vibriosis outbreak linked to crab meat — don’t worry: When it comes to figuring out whether you’re safe eating seafood, Inverse has you covered.