Fri., Oct. 3 6:40 6:20
Sat., Oct. 4 6:41 6:18
Sun., Oct. 5 6:42 6:17
Mon., Oct. 6 6:43 6:15
Tues., Oct. 7 6:44 6:13
Wed., Oct. 8 6:45 6:12
Thurs., Oct. 9 6:46 6:10
Fri., Oct. 10 6:47 6:09
A thin crescent moon appears low in the southwestern sky tonight, not far from the bright planet Venus. Venus is in the zodiacal constellation Libra and the moon is in Scorpius.
The bright red star Antares is to the east of the moon.
Tomorrow night offers a slightly different show. The slightly larger crescent moon appears to the east of Antares and it is farther away from Venus.
The red planet Mars which has decorated our evening sky for the year, is gone. The planet has sunk in the western sky low enough to be lost amid the glare of twilight.
For those with a good memory, reflect back a year to when Mars wwas high in to the evening sky and dominate the skies with its ruby brilliance. Last year on the day before Christmas the red planet was in opposition, close to the Earth and easily visible rising in the east at sunset.
Through the spring Mars hung in the evening sky, dimming but prevailing in our skies though the constellations changed. Mars is pretty much gone until next year. The planet will spend the next couple of months hiding within the glare of the sun
Jupiter and Venus are our evening planets. Jupiter hangs low in the southern sky after sunset. Venus hangs in the southwestern sky only for a short time after sunset.