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

Every time a person would ask me about my heritage, I would simply shrug. My mom was born in the Italian seaside town of Ancona, while my dad hails from Quito — the mountainous capital of Ecuador. After falling in love on the east coast of the Italian peninsula, my parents settled years later in another swampier, peninsula — Florida. And that’s where yours truly came into the picture.

In April authorities in the Sacramento area captured the rapist and murderer known as the Golden State Killer — using publicly available genetic data. Shortly after the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo, it was revealed that the consumer genomic database had helped bring the 40-year investigation to end. Law enforcement linked DeAngelo to his string of crimes with the assistance of his relatives’ DNA data that were available online. In a study published Thursday in the journal Science, researchers point out that consumer testing is only likely to become more prevalent and more powerful — but this may come at the cost of our privacy, as publicly available genetic databases can identify us even if we haven’t contributed to them.

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In a lab at Johns Hopkins University, little bits of human eyes are growing in a dish. While growing eye globs is a technical marvel in itself, this creation has a compounded purpose. In a new study published in the journal Science, scientists generated these organoids to understand why we can see color and to learn how to help people who can’t.

In this special feature, we have invited top astronomers to handpick the Hubble Space Telescope image that has the most scientific relevance to them. The images they’ve chosen aren’t always the colorful glory shots that populate the countless “best of” galleries around the internet, but rather their impact comes in the scientific insights they reveal.