Moon and Anglers
A thin crescent moon appears close to the ringed planet Saturn low in the southeastern sky prior to sunrise tomorrow morning. Early morning risers will likely spot the two.
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Autumn
Autumn arrives on Monday at 11:44 a.m. Though the temperatures this past week are more like summer than fall, there is plenty of evidence of a change. The day is split almost equally between daytime and night time.
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Harvest Moon
For a sign of autumn in the night sky look at next week’s full moon. Monday night’s harvest moon appears in the zodiacal constellation Pisces. The full moon is close to the astronomical equator. Just as the sun will cross the equator later this month on the first day of fall, so too the full moon appears close to the equator.
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Moon, Antares and Jupiter
A crescent moon appears tonight low in the southwestern sky. The moon is approaching the southern most zodiacal constellation Scorpius. Tomorrow night, the crescent moon appears under the red star Antares, the brightest star in the constellation.
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Moon and Planets
Monday night, Labor Day, offers an opportune time to see three planets and the moon huddled close together in the west southwestern sky right after sunset. Binoculars will help.
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Moon
Tomorrow night’s last quarter moon resides in the zodiacal constellation Taurus. It is hard to believe our summer has moved so quickly our attention now shifts to constellations we associate with autumn and winter.
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Full Moon
Tomorrow night’s full moon appears in the zodiacal constellation Aquarius. The moon is called the Sturgeon moon by the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Prior to rising tomorrow night, observers in the Middle and Far East will see a partial lunar eclipse. The partial eclipse will be best visible from the Eastern Atlantic Ocean to as far east as India.
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Perseid Meteor Shower
August is the best time for stargazing and looking for meteors. The Perseid meteor shower peaks in the early hours of Tuesday morning but meteors can be seen at any time during the nights ahead.
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Menemsha Sunset
Though hundreds will go to Menemsha to see the sunset this weekend, there is an even better event that follows afterward without anyone having to move.
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Moonless Evenings
The evenings ahead are moonless. There is no interference from the moon until midnight or later. Tomorrow morning’s moon is in the last quarter phase. This opens the opportunity for a good evening of star hopping, looking for the constellations and what astronomers call deep-sky viewing.
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